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Give us laws

Give us laws

Posted Nov 6, 2012 15:08 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
In reply to: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired) by nix
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

That is a brilliant way of putting it. I am reminded of the time when Heraclitus was asked by his fellow Ephesians to give them laws; his reply was in character.

The Ephesians deserve, man for man, to be hung, and the youth to leave the city, inasmuch as they have banished Hermodorus, the worthiest man among them, saying: "Let no one of us excel, and if there be any such, let him go elsewhere and among other people."
It is worth noting, although completely off-topic, that the biggest peril for ancient democracies were not foreign invaders, but exceptional men -- that is why the Athenians exiled most of their great men at some time or another (including Pericles), and why Julius Cesar was such a perilous man that he had to be murdered. In modern times Napoleon or Hitler are great examples of the same phenomenon.

That is why I am not angry anymore when mediocre men get to lead the government. Modern democracy is such a chore to rulers that most of them get weary after a time, and that is such a good thing.


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Give us laws

Posted Nov 10, 2012 16:10 UTC (Sat) by gek (guest, #18143) [Link]

> [...] that is why the Athenians exiled most of their great men
> at some time or another (including Pericles) [...]

To my knowledge, Pericles was never exiled. Maybe you meant Themistocles or even Aristides?


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