"Democracy arose from men thinking
that if they are equal in any respect
they are equal in all respects."
(384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
Politics, v, c.322 B.C.
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What about Repubics with democratic principals? Our form of government is not a democracry that our founders warned us against. That is the tyranny of the masses.
 -- LG, Prescott, Az     
     -- jim k, austin      
    Men are equal only in respect to their inalienable rights. God / Nature will dictate how well they do in life, not democracy and not communism. Neither of those political theories are natural to anything living. Which is why we need an administration of professional and accountible managers...not political poll driven whores. A "Republic" of free people, not Globalist slave state government. Democracy didn't work then and it doesn't work now.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    What a great quote - I love that man - Plato did well to produce such a brilliant student. And, was tutor to the greatest General that has ever lived, Alexander The Great; which kind of disproves the Armies "DADT" stupid and ignorant policy.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Five stars for the accuracy of the statement, thumbs down for its application. The nobility of Aristotle's premise was based in a perception of morality and founded on good intentions (both prone to wildly held interpretations). It is the Greek's positivist philosophy (rule of man), and majority rule (democracy), in application that has been so devastating to humanity. Instead of building on the nobility of the individual, Aristotle's democracy focused on the intangible abstract whole. By way of example: the tree is insignificant, only the forest (man created correlation and description - as a whole) has value. Tyre was one of the first failed applications of the concept. The Greek philosophy that all matter is evil; only that which is unchanging is perfect, therefor not evil, added to the problem. (because all things material change - trees grow, die, and decompose - they are not perfect. Only the abstract forest stays the same.) If they are equal in any respect, they are equal in all respects became democracy's forest.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Aristotle placed TRUTH even above Plato!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
     -- Anonymous      
    what does this qoute mean?
     -- dani, goodyear     
     -- Anonymous, Anonymous      
    "Equal" = what ? A total impossibility if ever there was one.

    Even the best of twins have different characteristics and learn different facts and interpretations. Equality of good intentions, maybe .. but ... none of us have ever met his "equal."

    Definition, sir, definition.
     -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
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     -- Jim k, Austin      
    Those clamoring for equality are hoping to raise themselves up -- they acknowledge that their expectations are to receive benefits currently unavailable to them once their 'rights' are recognized by those they wish to bring down who will then progressively turn over their property until everything is 'fair'. They call it 'equality' -- those whose property has been voted away call it 'tyranny.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Yes, the stupidity of democracy... Yes, two wolves arguing with a sheep whats for dinner...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
    We know that train of thought !! Happens all the time in the boom town. ! Damn the morals ! I do not think so ! Being a twin, Independent and of the ( largest ) Corp types, lead positions of ( Contract ) you have no idea !! The opposite heads of a coin ! Lives are on the line, That is a steel Rail !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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