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aristotle on the phony religiocity of tyrants

Published November 24th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider God-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, wrongly believing that he has the Gods on his side.

–Aristotle, Politica bk v (ca. 340 BCE)



86 Responses to “aristotle on the phony religiocity of tyrants”

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  1. Jean Bart says:

    Gold? Our Aristotle should have won that…

  2. Jean Bart says:

    Well, no wonder people like the classic Aristotle are… classics. Not sure they’ve always been appreciated though. Any classical scholars amongst the Pastafarians?

  3. Reasonable Avatar says:

    I remember Niccolo Machiavelli saying something similar in The Prince. If I recall correctly, he wrote that leaders should act religious but not be religious, just to be liked by their subjects.
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    Sounds like he and Aristotle were thinking along the same lines.
    -Avatar of Reason

  4. Jean Bart says:

    @Reasonable Avatar Nov 24th, 2007 at 3:18 am: “Sounds like he and Aristotle were thinking along the same lines.”
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    Sounds even more like copying the ideas coming from a highly reputed brain…

  5. Darwinfish says:

    Ramen, Aristotle. Somehow these tactics remind me of George Bush.

  6. Ayumi-chan says:

    So true, Aristotle. So true.

  7. Wench Sophie says:

    Darwinfish, you stole my thoughts! Thought-thief. But, yeah. BUSH!

    RAmen to all!

  8. L says:

    Right from this moment, I believe in God.

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