- Philosopher George Santayana’s line has become cliché, but it’s so damn true: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
In Book VIII of his Republic, Plato uses a fictitious conversation between his teacher Socrates and Adeimantus to explain how democracies—when they become too radical—devolve into tyrannies.
I have included M. James Ziccardi’s apt summary of this conversation below.
The parallels between the “tyranny” Plato describes and America today are chilling...
- An entitled population that makes increasing demands of their leaders? Check.
- Contempt for law-abiding citizens who pay their taxes? Check.
- An incoherent immigration policy? Check.
- “Adults” living in perpetual adolescence? Check.
- Parents who have lost control of their children? Check.
- Teachers who have lost their authority in the classroom? Check.
- Disrespect for the elderly? Check..."