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Thought for the Day – September 1st, 2013


Hume, David. Essays, Moral and Political. R. Fleming & A. Alison, Edinburgh, 1741-2. p 12
Essay II: Of the Liberty of the Press
LP 5, MIL 12-13
SEE: http://books.google.com/books?id=vmMyAQAAMAAJ
SEE: http://www.davidhume.org/texts/etv1.html#Mil9
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.davidhume.org/
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.humesociety.org/
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hume
WEB PRESENCE: http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Fperson=231&Itemid=28
NOTES: Quote is from the footnotes of the essay. If may follow this part of the text: “It is apprehended, that arbitrary power would steal in upon us, were we not careful to prevent its progress, and were there not an easy method of conveying the alarm from one end of the kingdom to the other. The spirit of the people must frequently be rouzed, in order to curb the ambition of the court; and the dread of rouzing this spirit must be employed to prevent that ambition.”


Thought for the Day – August 31st, 2013


(for quote in Greek, see below)
Aristotle. Politics. 350 BC. Book V, Section 1314a (15-20)
SEE (ENGLISH): http://books.google.com/books?id=QiqGAAAAMAAJ
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle
WEB PRESENCE: http://philpapers.org/browse/aristotle
FULL QUOTE (GREEK): “…τρισὶν εἴδεσιν. στοχάζεται γὰρ ἡ τυραννὶς τριῶν, ἑνὸς μὲν τοῦ μικρὰ φρονεῖν τοὺς ἀρχομένους (οὐθενὶ γὰρ ἂν μικρόψυχος ἐπιβουλεύσειεν), δευτέρου δὲ τοῦ διαπιστεῖν ἀλλήλοις (οὐ καταλύεται γὰρ πρότερον τυραννὶς πρὶν ἢ πιστεύσωσί τινες ἑαυτοῖς: διὸ καὶ τοῖς ἐπιεικέσι πολεμοῦσιν ὡς βλαβεροῖς πρὸς τὴν ἀρχὴν οὐ μόνον διὰ τὸ μὴ ἀξιοῦν ἄρχεσθαι δεσποτικῶς, ἀλλὰ καὶ διὰ τὸ πιστοὺς καὶ ἑαυτοῖς καὶ τοῖς ἄλλοις εἶναι καὶ μὴ καταγορεύειν μήτε ἑαυτῶν μήτε τῶν ἄλλων)”
FULL QUOTE (ENGLISH): “…tyranny aims at three things, one to keep its subjects humble(for a humble-spirited man would not plot against anybody), second to have them continually distrust one another (for a tyranny is not destroyed until some men come to trust each other, owing to which tyrants also make war on the respectable, as detrimental to their rule not only because of their refusal to submit to despotic rule, but also because they are faithful to one another and to the other citizens, and do not inform against one another nor against the others); and the third is lack of power for political action (since nobody attempts impossibilities, so that nobody tries to put down a tyranny if he has not power behind him).”

Thought for the Day – August 30th, 2013


“…ἐν μὲν οὖν ταῖς εὖ κεκραμέναις πολιτείαις, εἰπερ ἄλλο τι δεῖ τηρεῖν ὅπως μηθὲν παρανομῶσι, καὶ μάλιστα τὸ μικρὸν φυλάττειν: λανθάνει γὰρ παραδυομένη ἡ παρανομία,…”
Aristotle. Politics. 350 BC. Book V, Section 1307b (35)
SEE (GREEK): http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0058:book=5:section=1307b&highlight=sophistic
SEE (ENGLISH): http://books.google.com/books?id=QiqGAAAAMAAJ
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle
WEB PRESENCE: http://philpapers.org/browse/aristotle
FULL QUOTE: “care must be taken to prevent men from committing any other breach of the law, most of all must a small breach be guarded against, for transgression of the law creeps in unnoticed, just as a small expenditure occurring often ruins men’s estates; for the expense is not noticed because it does not come all at once, for the mind is led astray by the repeated small outlays, just like the sophistic puzzle, ‘if each is little, then all are a little.’”