Aristotle’s warning to modern America

A truly sobering and thoughtful piece from American Thinker: “Aristotle’s Warning” — that nails our current predicament with the forces of tyranny in America.

From its origins in Athens some 2,500 years ago, it has been obvious to some astute observers that democracy, like all other forms of government, carries with it a certain type of energy. Barack Obama rode this unique democratic energy into the White House over a year ago. He called it a “righteous wind” and promised something rather vague that he called “change.”

To many otherwise innocent American voters, “change” likely meant the change from Bush-era recession to a vibrant new Obama-era prosperity. But when candidate and President Obama began stirring up class warfare against Wall Street, bankers, insurance companies, and the “rich,” my instincts led me to Aristotle, who saw and wrote about various populist “demagogues” and their effect on democratic society many times during his lifetime in Athens.

Aristotle’s observations are both sobering and chilling. He watched and recorded with scientific detachment the rise and fall of dozens of creatively organized city-states in ancient Greece. His keen empirical eye evaluated close to 160 different types of constitutions. In other words, Aristotle did his scholarly work each day in a living, breathing political Petri dish of inestimable value to both ancient and modern political philosophers.

Read it all.

(H/T Li’l sis)