On Sullivan on Plato on America

Jon Rowe

Jon Rowe is a full Professor of Business at Mercer County Community College, where he teaches business, law, and legal issues relating to politics. Of course, his views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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8 Responses

  1. Autolukos says:

    The Straussians have notably posited that Locke’s teachings were esoterically Hobbesian.

    Stop trying to make me like Straussians it’s not going to work.Report

  2. Part of American democracy’s stability is owed to the fact that the Founding Fathers had read their Plato. To guard our democracy from the tyranny of the majority and the passions of the mob, they constructed large, hefty barriers between the popular will and the exercise of power.

    No, they constructed large, hefty barriers between the central government and the exercise of power that could rival that of the states. The states, you might recall, could, based on popular will, choose to enslave people.Report

    • Stillwater in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      I agree with that. The Senate mightabeen an attempt to curtail the mob, but the constitution itself was constructed to prevent national power from impinging on states’ rights. That’s what the bill of rights was all about: preventing federal power from impinging on state power.Report

  3. Stillwater says:

    They cited Locke positively

    More than just cited. They effing STOLE the whole idea from him.Report

  4. CJColucci says:

    Why do we care what Sullivan says?Report