“"There are two sorts of tyranny: a real one, which consists of the violence of the government, and one of opinion, which is felt when those who govern establish things that run counter to a nation's way of thinking."”Charles de Montesquieu
“Utopianism substitutes glorious predictions and unachievable promises for knowledge, science, and reason, while laying claim to them all.”
“Utopianism is not new. It has been repackaged countless times--since Plato and before. It is as old as tyranny itself. In democracies, its practitioners legislate without end. In America, law is piled upon law in contravention and contradiction of the governing law--the Constitution.”
“The Ideal City is neither ideal nor a republic. Plato built and rebuilt his utopian society in the Republic and then abandoned it. Why? To his great credit, he accepted its impossiblity, but it is unclear whether he believed its various manifestations were undesirable. He appears resigned to mankind's inability to conform to his models. Plato insists the City cannot be built upon experience. He requires a clean slate. However, there is no way to effectively clear the mind of the supposed clutter of history and limit knowledge to that which has yet to come.”
“In the Republic, Plato is openly hostile to individualism, which he believes destructive of the collective good of the Ideal City. Although Plato is clearly exploring a wide range of human characteristics, including knowledge, education, family relations, etc., he does so not to embrace human nature, but to shape and order it. In so many ways, he drains the individual's lifeblood of free will and self-interest.”
“Dissent, independence, and change are considered destructive. Ironically, it is unlikely Socrates would have survived long in Plato's City, given its totalitarian complexion.”
“For he that thinks absolute power purifies men's blood, and corrects the baseness of human nature, need read but the history of this, or any other age, to be convinced to the contrary.”John Locke
“The legislative 'is a power, that hath no other end but preservation, and therefore can never have a right to destroy, enslave, or designedly to impoverish the subjects'.”Mark Levin quoting John Locke
“The legislative neither must nor can transfer the power of making laws to any body else, or place it any where, but where the people have.”John Locke
“<S>uch revolutions happen not upon every little mismanagement in public affairs. Great mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenient laws, and all the slips of human frailty, will be born by the people without mutiny or murmur. But if a long train of abuses, prevarications and artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, and they cannot but feel what they lie under, and see whither they are going; it is not to be wondered, that they should then rouse themselves, and endeavour to put the rule into such hands which may secure to them the ends for which government was at first erected; and without which, ancient names, and specious forms, are so far from being better, that they are much worse, than the state of nature, or pure anarchy; the inconveniencies being all as great and as near, but the remedy farther off and more difficult.”John Locke
Page 28: "education" system." should either be "education" system. or "education system."
Page 35: The word "strengthens" should be "strengths"
Page 36: Use of word "money-grabbling" in quotation from Karl Popper. Most versions of this quotation that I have found have "money-grabbing" without the letter "l"
Page: 58: "...and this is it men call property." should be "...and this is it men call propriety."
Page 116: "...no other restraint by the law..." should be "...no other restraint but the law..."
Also, on the same page, references to Locke's text of The Second Treatise on Civil Government are incorrect: (4,21) should be (4,22) and (4,22) should be (4,23)
A bright young adult might appreciate this book, which is actually written for an adult intellect. It is primarily a critcal exploration of political ideas throughout history. The earlier forms of English used by More, Hobbes and Locke are not translated into modern English but are quoted extensively from the original, although the author does considerable paraphrasing.
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