November 15, 2015

Aristotle 350 B.C. "Another cause of revolution is difference of races which do not at once acquire a common spirit;


"for a state is not the growth of a day, any more than it grows out of a multitude brought together by accident. Hence the reception of strangers in colonies, either at the time of their foundation or afterwards, has generally produced revolution; for example, the Achaeans who joined the Troezenians in the foundation of Sybaris, becoming later the more numerous, expelled them; hence the curse fell upon Sybaris.

"At Thurii the Sybarites quarrelled with their fellow-colonists; thinking that the land belonged to them, they wanted too much of it and were driven out.

"At Byzantium the new colonists were detected in a conspiracy, and were expelled by force of arms; the people of Antissa, who had received the Chian exiles, fought with them, and drove them out; and the Zancleans, after having received the Samians, were driven by them out of their own city.

"The citizens of Apollonia on the Euxine, after the introduction of a fresh body of colonists, had a revolution; the Syracusans, after the expulsion of their tyrants, having admitted strangers and mercenaries to the rights of citizenship, quarrelled and came to blows; the people of Amphipolis, having received Chalcidian colonists, were nearly all expelled by them....

"For just as in war the impediment of a ditch, though ever so small, may break a regiment, so every cause of difference, however slight, makes a breach in a city."

-- Politics by Aristotle

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 15, 2015 8:44 PM
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And this is why the founding fathers were far better educated than the lofty professors of today. They read the classics and learned from them.

Posted by: chuck at November 15, 2015 9:07 PM

Where do you suppose the phrase, "Fighting like cats and dogs.", came from?

From where you are right now can you place your hand on a ready-to-shoot firearm in less than 5 seconds?

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 16, 2015 6:44 AM

@ ghost = Yes. And Saturday my wife demanded that I carry again.

Posted by: Terry at November 16, 2015 8:09 AM