PlatoPlato, (429-347 BC) Greek philosopher

Plato Quote

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

~ Plato

Ratings and Comments

Jack, Brussels, Belgium

This quotation is taken from Plato's Republic. Emerson built on this to write that "Plato says that the punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is, to live under the government of worse men; and the like regret is suggested to all the auditors, as the penalty of abstaining to speak,—that they shall hear worse orators than themselves.”

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Sadly, what sells is that least common denominator that the populous will elect...

Mike, Norwalk

The quote is excellent as a general rule but, sometimes, even when one participates in politics, the inferiors govern because they have more guns.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Let's see ... didn't the Sunis refuse to vote in the Iraqi elections?

Robert, Sarasota

It may (most assuredly) apply today but may not tomorrow

Ken, Allyn, WA

People always overestimate their own abilities and true worth. Apparently Plato did too.

E Archer, NYC

Well, if all we do is complain, then the government has won and the People are but horses in a stable.

Shelby, White Lake

This quotes is very meaningful when it comes to government and the meaning of how politics should handle different situations

Robert, Los Angeles

The inferiors will always outnumber the superiors, we are doomed. The uneducated and ignorant will always outvote the educated, their numbers are 9 to 1.

Tony, OK
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Tony, OK    12/16/09

Our current situation is the result of years of our electing the "Intellectual Superiors" and "Highly Educated" of our population. We need to re-think.

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anonymous    7/10/14

Our current situation is the result of years of electing the "ideologically supercilious" and "Highly Uneducated" of our population. We need to re-think.

Mike, Norwalk

A few years ago, I read a psychological paper on the difference between those that gravitate to the static security and power of government (teachers, politicians, attorneys, police state devotees, etc. - the takers of society vs. the free thinking / risk taking entrepreneur(s) - the producers of society. The published results were astounding and had a lot to do with the here Platonic reasoning.

Anonymous, Oakland

If one is not satisfied with politics, be an activist and show how IT could be done

L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada

Only one comment: George W. Bush.

Ron w13, Or

Participation begins at home and then with neighbors. Slowly but surly, those wanting independence do see the freedom and confidence it provides. But the yoke and snare of socialism is a hard chain to break once entangled in. It is hard to stand upright knowing you become prey, I am told of one family. Risk taking and speaking out does show the ensnared there are better ways. Good is from above as Plato says, As also the heavens rule. The old story that is told. Seek after that which good is, share and do the same.

David Cooper, Mannington, NJ

It's not who we elected that's the problem. It's our own failure to participate.

Ron w13, Or

It is those who's special interest, industry, whether clean or dirty lobbying and padding the coffers of elected officials to do their bidding. Shaping of local and foreign policy for profit and natural resources. Returning inalienable rights to the sovereign individual as a whole, is the last thing on their mind !


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