The purpose, then, of democracy is freedom, that of oligarchy is wealth, that of aristocracy has to do with education and customs, and that of tyranny is security.
Yeah, so I read this.
I’m half way through some modules in discourse analysis over at the other place, and it struck me that a lot of the schemas bore more than a passing resemblance to your more established modes and aspects of rhetoric. Given that this is another book that’s been on the shelf for a while, it seemed like actually reading it might be appropriate.
A good quarter of this edition is made up of the translator’s introduction. This is generally a good thing; sure, he picks up the odd academic spat that’s largely incomprehensible to the lay-reader, but in general it’s a useful overview of the whole work. Given that work in large part comprises long lists of almost but not quite tautological statements of the obvious it’s nice to have a handy guide nearby when you inevitably find yourself rereading the same sentence for the fifth time.
I’m hardly going to use this platform to pick a fight with one of the founding fathers of western thought and civilization, but suffice to say that it did rather confirm my view that there is very little new under the sun.