Saturday, September 25, 2010

FLG Turns To Plato Again

From a City Journal article on Ben Franklin:
From the time of Montesquieu, analysts of commercial republicanism and capitalism have worried that material acquisition requires bourgeois virtues, such as thrift and self-reliance, which the affluence they produce then undermines.

Well, the basic idea goes back to Plato:
young men of the governing class [in an oligarchy], are habituated to lead a life of luxury and idleness both of body and mind; they do nothing, and are incapable of resisting either pleasure or pain.

1 comment:

The Ancient said...

FLG --

Why don't you move that Plato quote over to the A&J thread on elites?


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