Monday, October 13, 2008

Isocrates (436 -338 B.C.)


“Our democracy is being self-destructed because it has abused the right of freedom and equality, because it has taught its citizens to regard rudeness as a right, illegality as freedom, using improper language as equality, and anarchy as well-being and happiness”

Could Isocrates have said all of the above today?

"Η Δημοκρατία καταστρέφεται διότι καταχράστηκε το δικαίωμα της Ελευθερίας και της Ισότητας. Έμαθε στους πολίτες να θεωρούν την αυθάδεια ως δικαίωμα, την παρανομία ως ελευθερία, την αναίδεια του λόγου ως ισότητα, την αναρχία ως ευδαιμονία."
Κάτι τέτοια διαβάζεις και μετά αναρωτιέσαι τι παραπάνω πρόσθεσαν σε όλους αυτούς τους αξεπέραστους γίγαντες του νου και του πνεύματος, οι κατοπινοί.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is that guy Isocrates talking about? Modern American society and politics?

m-f

Psicodelia pura said...

m-f read some of history. You will learn a lot for your brain ;)

Psych Spaniolos, great post. Really awesome. I study the ancient greek culture on my career and is fascinating.
Thanks

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psych-Spaniolos said...

Isocrates is talking much more than American society an politics (a history of 100 years is just history...not modern) .Isocrates is talking about democracy

Is that the American modern policy?

"Our Mission and Our Moment": George W. Bush and September 11th....pp. 607-632

On January 20, 2001, President George W. Bush inherited a peaceful and prosperous nation. In less than a year, he found himself mired in war and recession. Nearly three thousand Americans died in the bloodiest terrorist attacks to occur on U.S. soil. It was an extraordinary intelligence failure on the part of the United States. Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, the group said to have carried out the attacks, and Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the group said to have supported Al Qaeda, are still at large. The nation is still at war in Afghanistan. In the name of preemptive war, the nation fights in Iraq. Americans now measure their daily safety by the color of the new Department of Homeland Security's terrorist alert scale. The world, in short, has grown significantly less peaceful since George W. Bush took office.

sylla said...

Substitute "rulers" for "citizens" and you have a pretty good description of the state of liberal democracy.....