aristotle on the phony religiocity of tyrants

Published November 24th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson


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. Old Grouch says:

    Happy Holidays to all!
    @jennyanydots – Where do I find one of those “saintly” memory sticks? I’ve been trying to master computers for a few years now. Would it help?
    @rmw & pieces o’ nine – COS used to be such a nice little place to visit; and take one’s guests to see the Garden of the Gods, and the Falls, even the Zoo up by the Broadmoor. Then, on to Manitou Springs and the cog railway; and if time permitted, a drive to the top of Pike’s Peak. Ah! The “good old days” are gone forever!
    I can’t even begin to imagine showing off Dobson’s dump as a Colorado tourist site; but, it has its own exit off I-25, sort of in competition with the Chapel of the 12 Apostles and the 5 Committeemen across the highway a bit at Fly-Boy High. (Pluto does refer to a “Grumpy old dude” on another line; and I’ll accept the description.)
    The old tunnel on the road to Criple Creek closed off, for a road capable of accomodating all the buses headed for the casinos, and . . . . Enough already! Getting old, and bringing up memories, is out of fashion these days.
    Anyway, snow on the back range – not really enough, but still a beautiful backdrop to sunset the past few days – and the City and County Building all lit up again, things aren’t altogether bad at that. Hope you both have a wonderful Holiday Season.

  2. Apprentice Frederic says:

    ….I was wondering if somebody like Machiavelli might have written about the tyranny of phony religionists, but Aristotle’s remark was more than adequate…

    @OG, didn’t realize you were a Coloradan; fled the Springs some years ago for less righteous climes, myself. I always enjoy your scholarly and balanced comments and appreciate them more, now I understand a component of your Grouchiness, LOL.

  3. Aristotle says:

    I don’t know what to say here.

  4. Fidelia Plush says:

    There are some fascinating closing dates on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity however I will take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

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