Lawrence Torcello, Rochester Institute of TechnologyPlato, one of the earliest thinkers and writers about democracy, predicted that letting people govern themselves would eventually lead the masses to support the rule of tyrants.When I tell my college-level philosophy students that in about
The american republic was always ‘work in progress’ despite all the propaganda about democracy: the period before the civil war makes obvious the flaws in the original formulation, etc&…
Although the issue of democracy is fundamental to any and all political discourse the fact remains that its birth in the early modern was contradictory from the start, the term itself coming relatively late.
We see that the question was muddled in the sixteenth century during the restoration (counterrevolution?) Continue reading “Communism, the early modern, and Thomas Munzer”