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Politics: A Treatise on Government Paperback – November 14, 2013
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I wonder if our politicians has assimilated
the wisdom contained in this essay.
A long and boring book. No frills and thrills. No action and adventure. Just a clear and precise description of the forms of government, and how democracy tends to fail.
Better read it wearing your thinking cap.
Aristotle's analysis makes for rather dry reading, and his conclusions are undramatic. The best form of government, he asserts, depends on the customs, economic status, and even the geography of the city being governed. In some cases a monarchy is best, in others an aristocracy, in other a democracy, etc. In all cases, however, the best government is that which is led by men of virtue and addresses the happiness and well-being of its people. He goes on to give advice for maintaining good government, selecting wise leaders, avoiding sedition and rebellion, and even selecting the appropriate location for a new city based on the type of government it will have. (Democracies, for example, thrive best on the plains. Oligarchies need hills, monarchies a natural citadel.)
As much as Aristotle's thought is at the root of modern political science, what is most striking in The Politics are the assumptions he makes which are completely at odds with modern ethical systems.Read more ›
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Not a book to be loved but is essential for understanding western civilization. It is absolutely foundational.Published 10 months ago by Julia L. Erickson
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Difficult reading - and I have a master's in political "science".Published 16 months ago by Kevin B
It will benefit anyone interested in government. Will make you rethink the relationship between the individual responsible & government.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another must read in order to understand the works on the country and up scale.Published 19 months ago by Mike F.
Government hasn't changed much down through the thousands of years. Not even for the better!Published 20 months ago by Peter Gallo