cycle of democracy and tyranny

The lack of a common political philosophy is more conducive to the development of outright revolutions in the South where civil wars tend to be “the continuation of parliamentarism with other (and more violent) means,” while the North is rather given to evolutionary processes, to a creeping increase of slavery and a decrease of personal freedom and initiative. It is inevitable that we, in the human life cycle, will die as do all creatures.) Thus, any reading of a summary of the theory should really be paired with at least a quick skim of those books and a close reading of Republic Book VIII and Book IX. Here our focus is to introduce the basics pertaining to how Democracy becomes Tyranny, not to summarize every aspect of Plato’s work pertaining to the ideal soul/city/class system etc. Here we should note that not only does Plato consider Monarchy and Aristocracy as one, he also considers Democracy and Anarchy as one (after-all in both forms “the many” rule and all have total liberty and equality). If and when the war is won, and all opponents crushed, do those who are left really think they won’t be next? Not trusting the people to avoid the election of a tyrant, they created a system in which representatives picked the President and Senate and the people picked state and local officials (a “representative” democracy with a separation of powers in a “mixed Republic”). The stage for such violence is set if the parties represent philosophies so different as to make dialogue and compromise impossible. Yet, egalitarian democracy remains adamant in its totalitarian policy. The Franco and Salazar regimes and certain Latin American authoritarian governments, all mellowing with the years, are good examples. The answer it provides is: regardless of who rules, government must be carried out in such a way that each person enjoys the greatest amount of freedom, compatible with the common good. Or, one could see that as the end of King George’s Timocracy and the start of American oligarchy. To get a hedge of even height one has to apply pruning shears. Thus, all forms in which wealth and seekers of wealth are allowed to rule the other classes is on a slippery path toward tyranny. Address valid fears of your opponents, don’t make them your enemy. Any mention of a brand or other trademarked entity is for the purposes of education, entertainment, or parody. Thus, with all this said, examining this bit of Plato’s theory will help us to understand why our American founders weren’t just being cute when they created a Republic. They were well aware of the government types defined by Plato and Aristotle and they, wisely, neither trusted the minority or majority not to be tyrannical or act on behalf of a special interest. When I tell my college-level philosophy students that in about 380 B.C. But Trump is not the main story. This may have had an innocent beginning with Roosevelt’s Plan of Action to end the great depression. development cycle of social dynamics and the derived forms of social organization monar-chy usually turns into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy and polity into democracy, often degenerating into ochlocracy, i.e. The thing here is that this is all based on what we today know as an utilitarian theory of justice (the main theme of the book is “what is justice” in a man and in a state and “why should we desire it as the highest good“). Anyway, that is the gist, there is a lot more ground to cover below. It matters little that the realities are quite different. This happened in Germany in 1932 when no less than 60 per cent of the electorate voted for totalitarian despotism: for every two National Socialists there was one international socialist in the form of a Marxist Communist, and another one in the form of a somewhat less Marxist Social Democrat. Although wealth is the most corrupting of the virtues (when it becomes greed), it actually has a few perks over pure liberty and equality (which become extreme quickly as mob rule sets in), as at least oligarchy has some semblance of order and restraints. In November 2020, American autocracy paused at the verge of fascistic tyranny, just one constitutional flaw from tripping over that precipice, in a cycle that repeats every two years. Cycle of Democracy "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. And while each new phase gives another round of hope, history doesn’t show us many peaceful ends to tyranny (outside our American revolution). Our knowledge of the political systems in the ancient Greek world comes from a wide range of sources. He who wants geographic equality has to dynamite mountains and fill up the valleys. (For example, life cycle says that they are. TIP: In his Republic Plato’s Socrates compares Democracy to a ship in Chapter 6. The North Korean Kim family were not stopped, they rule a nation so unequal we no longer call it democracy, we call it despotism. In 1861 Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address, gave a legalistic account of why he must leave slavery untouched. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. As you have likely picked up on already, this theory of how democracy becomes tyranny (and how oligarchy does too) isn’t meant to be understood in isolation. Please do not edit the piece, ensure that you attribute the author and mention that this article was originally published on FEE.org. With that said, we know (like Plato knew) that not everyone is this virtuous or inclined to be virtuous, but that is why Plato strongly advocates for his class system (which is also a metaphor for the soul, in both cases balance of powers is key to the theory). “The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery…. Tocqueville, a genuine liberal and legitimist, had gone to America not only because he was concerned with trends in the United States, but also on account of the electoral victory of Andrew Jackson, the first Democrat in the White House and the man who introduced the highly democratic Spoils System, a genuine invitation to corruption. There are two aspects to this large-scale interference: statism and egalitarianism, yet they are intrinsically connected since to regiment society perfectly, you must reduce people to an identical level. To achieve equal scholastic levels in a school one would have to pressure certain students into extra hard work while holding back others. Luckily, Aristotle and the other thinkers like America’s founders gave us the tools we need to avoid such unfortunate events. Tytler organized these items in a circle: Historically, this process has occurred in three quite different ways. A politicized Saint Nicholas is a grim taskmaster. The philosopher and warrior have the restraint needed to ward off vice, in fact they take pleasure in this “highest good”, so they are best suited to rule and defend the nation (as both are rather thankless jobs less one loves good in itself). “You know the proverb, ‘the people is a monster of many heads.’ You are sensible, undoubtedly, of their great rashness and great inconstancy.” – George Buchanan on why pure democracy isn’t always as good as it sounds on paper. Tyranny of democracy . Therefore, extreme equality leads to extreme inequality, extreme liberty, that leads to extreme tyranny and despotism. Democracy is taken over by the longing for freedom. Equality doesn’t exist in nature and therefore can be established only by force. A person has virtues and vices, and so does a state. We chant the mantra “Greed is Good”, we elect oligarchs and not philosopher kings, and our auxiliary class’s leaders are capitalists, and our auxiliary are increasingly capitalist, and our artists are defunded, and our philosophers are increasingly defunded. TIP: Plato’s theory inspired many including Buchanan, Montesquie, Marx, and other thinkers who understood that each government type had “virtues” and was subject to “cycles”. Why did Plato’s Socrates “Hate Democracy?” Because “the many” haven’t spent their life training to be good leaders. Like a sea captain is trained to lead a ship, and like a wise sage knows how to temper their base desires, only the wise who are trained to lead a country should be doing so (this is concept is detailed below; but it is well illustrated by the following images). Tell people the truth, a lie may be expedient, but it won’t always have the best results, you can lose trust. With this in mind, to Plato, the ideal ruling class were philosophers and the ideal ruler a philosopher-king. Hope for political freedom only comes in the novel’s last section, when the Head of State dies and democracy is tentatively restored. We can get it back, but we need to be strong about it. I won’t be able to tell each story about “stingers” and populist oligarchs who rise up as a champion of the people when the Senators become too corrupt in a democracy (I encourage you to read those parts, no matter what era you read this in, it is likely to hit home), but we will introduce you to the gist. In other words, Sullivan seems right to bring us back to the “cycle of regimes” passage of the Republic in light of current events. For everything else, I suggest you read the mind-blowing Republic. Please, enable JavaScript and reload the page to enjoy our modern features. But actually it’s not obvious that democracy always produces the most freedom-friendly outcomes. Democracy, Tyranny, and Liberty We often talk about freedom and democracy as if they were the same thing. Our rich cherished more than schools, spirituality tossed aside for liberal vice seeking. Pondering the question of “Who should rule,” the democrat gives his answer: “the majority of politically equal citizens, either in person or through their representatives.” In other words, equality and majority rule are the two fundamental principles of democracy. Like we ideally want to be happy, we ideally want a happy state… thus we must take care not to create a tyrannical state. Equality doesn’t exist in nature and therefore can be established only by force. …Even though this more Democratic approach might seem like a good idea, hardly any thinker, from Plato to Madison, thought it was from a historical perspective. Instead, these forms actually incentivize greed and fail to imbue virtues of moderation and truth seeking in their people and thus they begin the slippery slope toward the rise of a tyrant (explained in more detailed below). The idea being in all things, finding an effective balance to ensure virtues like liberty, equality, and the pursuit and accumulation of wealth. About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. TIP: Plato’s regimes are Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny. How could a democracy, even an initially liberal one, develop into a totalitarian tyranny? he asked "does not tyranny spring from democracy," they're sometimes surprised, thinking it's a shocking connection. Schofield has always worked in such multidimensional settings, looking for equilibrium in models of party competition that characterize an endless cycle of elections, coalition bargaining and government formation, more elections, and so on. Monarchy - rule by an individual who had inherited his role. The following quote questions whether one would put an expert navigator in charge of navigation, or would let everyone on the ship navigate. This development could have been halted only by a military dictatorship (as envisaged by General von Schleicher who was later murdered by the Nazis) or by a restoration of the Hohenzollerns (as planned by Bruning). IMPORTANT: This is all a metaphor for the soul and an answer to the question “what is justice”. But now a French ideology, only too familiar to Tocqueville, had started to conquer America. To get a hedge of … Profligates are usually more popular than misers. The Tyrant-in-training fights the elite on behalf of the faction, but the power is corrupting and soon [speaking metaphorically] the early socialist aspects of the NAZI platform become concentration camps and nationalist imperialism. For, as Plato, Montesquie, Marx, Madison, Hamilton, and others knew too well, a government like a Democracy can be corrupted by extreme equality and extreme inequality and collapse into a tyrannical government just as easily as an aristocracy can become an oligarchy (see also: how inequality corrupts democracy). Admittedly, it took several generations until Tocqueville’s vision became a reality. Hobbes’ imagery re-worked to show the forms, the body politic, the head(s) of state, and the arm of the executive and legislative. I perceive, I said, that you are vastly amused at having plunged me into such a hopeless discussion; but now hear the parable, and then you will be still more amused at the meagreness of my imagination: for the manner in which the best men are treated in their own States is so grievous that no single thing on earth is comparable to it; and therefore, if I am to plead their cause, I must have recourse to fiction, and put together a figure made up of many things, like the fabulous unions of goats and stags which are found in pictures. As a result, these parties normally win elections, and politicians who use their slogans are effective vote-getters. Perhaps the better way would have been for those leaders to have heeded Plato before creating equality with government handouts ? In his Republic Plato was foreshadowing the rise of tyrants like Caesar and Hitler by showing how extremes of liberty and equality lead to an intolerance of inequality and corruption, and how a populist tyrant arises as a champion of the people to destroy the “corrupt elite class”. See the citations, the book itself, and the videos for details! Why are we talking about a book from 300’s BC? The problem being that liberty in an extreme is just as corrupting as extreme authority, with the same being true for equality and inequality. As we said in the beginning, there are three avenues of approach, and in each case the evolution would be of an “organic” nature. Oh, that and we live in a state that is becoming increasingly democratic and oligarchical despite its Republican roots. An example of how this happed occurred in 1933 Germany where a corrupt democracy was followed by tyranny (Fascism). Since both these forms are “ruled by the wise,” Plato considers them together. To avoid the fall of a Republic and the rise of a Caesar, a society must avoid extremes (such as the extreme corruption of the Roman Senate or the extreme economic inequality of the Weimar Republic. Carl Schmitt, in his 93rd year, analyzed this evolution in a famous essay entitled “The Legal World Revolution”: this sort of revolu-tion-the German Revolution of 1933-simply comes about through the ballot and can happen in any country where a party pledged to totalitarian rule gains a relative or absolute majority and thus takes over the government “democratically.” Plato gave an account of such a procedure which fits, with the fidelity of a Xerox copy, the constitutional transition in Germany: there is the “popular leader” who takes to heart the interest of the “simple people,” of the “ordinary, decent fellow” against the crafty rich. You don’t repress the Democracy, you put checks on it. The voting masses, who frequently favor the Santa parties, would retract their support if the Tighten-Your-Belt parties were to act radically and consistently. The problem with democracy and oligarchy is that they promote vices to all people (liberty is not a restraining force!). more information Accept. Many liberal democracies are enfeebled by party strife to such an extent that revolutionary organizations can easily seize power, and sometimes the citizenry, for a time, seems happy that chaos has come to an end. The tyranny would evolve from the very character of even a liberal democracy because there is, from the beginning on, a worm in the apple: freedom and equality do not mix, they practically exclude each other. Plato’s perfect state is a collective of specialized individuals. It is the sort of book that is only properly summarized in more words than are contained in the book in the first place. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. Democracy soon becomes corrupt and degenerates into mob rule, beginning the cycle anew. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. Cycle of Democracy. Or, see our summary of Plato’s Republic. TIP: The reality is that large portions of Plato’s Republic and Plato’s Laws give insight into exactly what Plato is trying to illustrate. In simple terms, although this can be said many ways and is in the book (mostly using metaphor), pure oligarchy and pure democracy are bound for tyranny due to their very nature (as is timocracy to some extent) and thus these forms require the checks and restraints offered by the more principled and orderly forms. My spelling and grammar can be tyrannical at times. TIP: See our discourses on Rome, Sparta, and Athens for how different sorts of popular governments dealt with democracy and class warfare… and how they ended. Or, is it that George was a Monarch and the U.S. founded as a Timocracy? You don’t, after all, shoot Santa Claus. The whole of Book 9, especially the first part is equally as important to the conversation, as this is the main place where the difference between the “democratical” and “tyrannical” man are described. Mussolini, a socialist of old, had learned the technique of political conquest from his International Socialist friends and, not surprisingly, Fascist Italy was the second European power, after Laborite Britain (and long before the United States) to recognize the Soviet regime. But Trump is not the main story. and Other Greek Philosophers, Types of Governments. A very high-ranking Soviet official recently said to a European prince: “Your ancestors exploited the people, claiming that they ruled by the Grace of God, but we are doing much better, we exploit the people in the name of the people.”. Genuine liberalism is the answer to an entirely different question: How should government be exercised? He is widely acclaimed by the many and builds up a body guard only to protect himself and, of course, the interests of the “people.”, Think of Hitler’s SA and SS and also of the tendency to apply wherever possible the prefix Volk (people): Volkswagen (people’s car), Volksempfänger (people’s radio set), des ge-sunde Volksempfinden (the healthy sentiments of the people), Volksgericht (people’s law court). Well, it isn’t that there is no hope, it is just that any form of government comes with a cautionary tale as Plato notes as he writes down a conversation between Socrates and a man named Glaucon have in the Republic (Book VIII). Things don’t have to be “inevitable”. But, discrimination is intrinsic to a free life, because freedom of will and choice is a characteristic of man and his personality. He who wants geographic equality has to dynamite mountains and fill up the valleys. In the introduction I covered most of what you need to know, but the reality is there is a whole complex theory told via metaphor that spans most of the Republic and other works to cover. In all cases, our mixed system is going to cause some complexity over this. Our “mixed constitution” was purposefully structured to ensure American virtues via the law. NOTE: Plato is the author of wrote down the dialogues of Socrates. Look, I love liberty and equality as much as the next one… but, so did Plato and so did the founders. [2] Rather, the lesson of what I call the “psychodrama of the conversion” from democracy to tyranny is about us, as individual citizens, and our convictions, beliefs and actions. Some conspiracy theories believe 911 was a US UK self inflicted attack to justify invasion of Afghanistan, followed by "weapons of mass destruction" to invade Iraq during this recent cycle. So let’s turn to his guidance. For Plato, the Republic does a much better job of allowing this state of true liberty and equality to thrive. But this is not the type of democracy in existence in the West. Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. A democracy may be either liberal or illiberal. In cycles of tyranny and subjugation it can involve the secret police and participants to create justification to reduce civil rights, justify a crackdown on population, ..,. and Other Greek Philosophers, our American Republic was constructed as a safeguard against tyranny, Plato: The Republic – Book 8 Summary and Analysis, Plato: The Republic – Book 9 Summary and Analysis, Democrats and Republicans got their names from the Greeks, but their modern ruling style in practice has little to nothing to do with the conversation, we live in a state that is becoming increasingly democratic and oligarchical despite its Republican roots, to understand why our American founders weren’t just being cute when they created a Republic, the government types defined by Plato and Aristotle, a popular state-based “winner-take-all” voting system that favors the minority, a mixed-Republic that allows for both oligarchs and democracy due to its liberal and democratic values, the early socialist aspects of the NAZI platform, a government like a Democracy can be corrupted by extreme equality and extreme inequality and collapse into a tyrannical government, The Republic by Plato – Book VIII – Part 1 of 2. This means that an absolute monarchy could be liberal (but hardly democratic) and a democracy could be totalitarian, illiberal, and tyrannical, with a majority brutally persecuting minorities. When a democracy which is thirsting for freedom has evil cupbearers presiding over the feast, and has drunk too deeply of the strong wine of freedom, then, unless her rulers are very amenable and give a plentiful draught, she calls them to account and punishes them, and says that they are cursed oligarchs. You don’t repress the Oligarchy, you put restraints on it. The cycle follows this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to Liberty (Rule of Law); From Liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage (rule of … To explain this another way, governments based on the virtues of liberty, equality, and/or wealth only (just those with no “checks and balances“) tend to produce chaos and naturally result in tyranny over time due to a lack the proper restraints (true for a soul, a person, a community, a state, etc). The first road to totalitarian tyranny (though by no means the most frequently used) is the overthrow by force of a liberal democracy through a revolutionary movement, as a rule a party advocating tyranny but unable to win the necessary support in free elections. The Constitution is our safeguard, and our ability to elect new positions is too. By allowing this “specialization” via a state-fostered class system, we allow all aspects of the human condition the liberty to arise, but ensure a balance of traits in society by, for example, ensuring that those who seek truth, not vice, run the state, while those who seek wealth, but not truth, in turn rule their sphere of business and trade. Dr. Kuehnelt-Leddihn is a European scholar, linguist, world traveler, and lecturer. tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to; and this is making use of the power any one has in his hands, not for the good of those who are under it, but for his own private, separate advantage. National Socialism was the “legal revolt” of the common man against the uncommon, of the “people” (Volk) against privileged and therefore envied and hated groups. In his Republic (mostly in book VIII), Plato presents a theory of five types of governments (what we can call Plato’s five regimes). Life Cycle of a Democracy. In his book Plato not only explains the government types, but also compares each classical government type with a man as a metaphor, and offers other metaphors to further illustrate his theory (such as those pertaining to the ideal class system and the ideal soul). Tyranny of Democracy Tyranny of Democracy . For educational purposes only, an illustration of Plato’s five regimes. Only by fully wrapping your head around that can you understand things like 1. why lifting up an Oligarchy to power in a populist rage is a bad idea (even though it may feel very good) and 2. why our founders avoided pure Democracy when forming governments (even though the cherished liberty and equality). TIP: When this page uses the terms Democracy and Republic, it is referring to the forms of governments, it is not commenting on the modern political parties. ‘cease”–I think you mean ‘seize’ Sure, we all want to deregulate and see some boom now, but sometimes you just need 10% interest rates and a little unhappiness. Why? Those who fell in line behind the tyrant so easily would be foolish to expect that a Tyrant can ever really find peace. Because, in Greek Terms, the U.S. is a Kallipolis/”ideal Republic” (a mixed constitutional government of aristocracy, oligarchy, and democracy meant to balance and separate the powers). Timocracy devolves into oligarchy as soon as those rulers act in pursuit of wealth; oligarchy devolves into democracy when the rulers act on behalf of freedom; and lastly, democracy devolves into tyranny if rulers mainly seek power. Remember that Lenin, Mussolini, and Hitler called their rule “democratic”—demokratiya po novomu, democrazia organizzata, deutsche Demokratie—but theynever dared to call it “liberal” in the worldwide (non-American) sense. Then there is the third way in which a democracy changes into a totalitarian tyranny. A sober thinker, like any of our founding fathers, would not be so quick is to declare anything a good man did as perfect. The philosopher knows greed, they known honor, they know sensual vices, they know vices of wealth, but for them truth is the highest good and happiness (they have been trained for this and are naturally this way). NOTE: The start of Book 8 is important and discusses timorchy and its descent into oligarchy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except for material where copyright is reserved by a party other than FEE. America has since cast off the old ways and embraced direct voting on Senators via the 17th Amendment and a popular state-based “winner-take-all” voting system that favors the minority via state based law and custom…. The best way to stop a tyrant is to stop the source of the frustration (to stop the “spirit” which causes the decent into the next form)… Deal with inequality now, don’t exploit the loophole and wait. Athens started out as a monarchy, moved to republican reform of government, then moved to pure democracy and than tyranny. The goal is happiness for all. A champion will come along and experience power, which will cause him to become a tyrant. People become excessively free and equal in a democracy, they grow accustomed to the liberty. The point is balance is key in all aspects of life, and the state is no exception. The answer is simple: being a mass movement striving for a parliamentary majority, they singled out unpopular minorities (the smaller, the better) and then rallied popular support against them. There is capitalism, liberty, and some equality… but law and order hold together the society and the philosopher king and honorable warriors always defend the virtues of the state. In a nutshell, his solution to the … So then, we’ll examine not only Plato’s types of governments, but also the virtues and vices of the type and some tips for defending the Republic. The computer had not been invented and thus his warnings found little echo in the past century. Well, because it is the basis of modern philosophy and modern government. What prompted his dramatic transformation? Him who is their partisan and cleverly aids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain’s hands into their own whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman, and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the command of a ship, and that he must and will be the steerer, whether other people like or not-the possibility of this union of authority with the steerer’s art has never seriously entered into their thoughts or been made part of their calling. Democracy then degenerates into tyranny where no one has discipline and society exists in chaos. The tyranny would evolve from the very character of even a liberal democracy because there is, from the beginning on, a worm in the apple: freedom and equality do not mix, they practically exclude each other. It was the means by which humans could obtain all other vices. It is not “life cycle of democracy“. The idea states that democracy is temporary in nature. Plato believed that the key and driving feature of democracy is desire for freedom; this very trait, though, ultimately leads a state to tyranny. From a selfish modern angle, we are looking at how our American Republic was constructed as a safeguard against tyranny, and how our democratic, oligarchical, and at times timocratic (merit-based, honor-based, and militaristic) nature can be a slippery slope toward a tyrannical government (if we forget the original “spirit of the laws” upon which the U.S. was cleverly founded by American thinkers like James Madison; where a love of moderate equality/inequality is a virtue in a Republic, but extreme equality/inequality is a vice). The aristocratic and wise man, aspect of our Republic into…, by continuing to use the site, agree. Call it, is perhaps the highest virtue of the STAGES in a nutshell, his solution the. Questions whether one would have been for those leaders to have heeded Plato creating! Was insufficiently developed people become excessively free and equal in a democracy is! 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