How Socrates could have helped us avoid Brexit

“No wonder an Alciabades turns against a state that distrusts ability and reverences number more than knowledge. No wonder there is chaos where there is no thought, and the crowd decides in haste and ignorance, to repent at leisure and in desolation. Is it not a superstition that mere numbers will give wisdom? On the country is it not universally recognised that men in crowds are more foolish and more violent and more cruel than men separate and alone? Is it not shameful that men should be ruled by orators, who “go ringing on in long harangues, like brazen pots which, when struck, continue to sound until a hand is put upon them.”

Portrait Herm of

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