Thursday, June 24, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Tyrannical government is unjust because it is not directed to the common good but to the private good of the ruler, as is clear from the philosopher in Politics III and Ethics VIII. Therefore the overthrow of such government is not strictly sedition, unless perhaps when accompanied by such disorder that the community suffers greater harm than from the tyrannical government. A tyrant is himself, moreover, far more seditious when he spreads discord and strife among the people subject to him so that he may dominate them more easily. For tyranny is the directing of affairs to the private benefit of the ruler with harm to the community."

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa of Theology

In our present situation one must assume that  the ruler is plural and hidden; and, that government is a distraction and a shadow show. 

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