404 BC Thirty
Tyrants are a pro-Spartan oligarchy installed in Athens after defeat in the
The Thirty sought to exile or kill anyone who
outwardly opposed the regime.
Socrates remained in the city through this
period, which caused the public to associate him with the Thirty and may have
contributed to his eventual death sentence, especially since Critias had been
Led by Critias, the Thirty Tyrants presided over a reign of
terror in which they executed, murdered, and exiled hundreds of
Athenians, seizing their property.
Critias has been described as "the
first Robespierre" due to his inhumanity.
Both Isocrates and Aristotle
(the latter in the Athenian Constitution) have reported that the Thirty
executed 1500 people without trial.
Socrates begins his legal defence by
telling the jury that their minds are poisoned by his enemies.
seeks to solve the divine paradox that the wisest man can also be the most
Socrates says that
his wisdom is in being
aware that he is ignorant:
"I am wiser than this man;
it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he
knows something, when he does not."
Socrates notes people who fear death
are showing their ignorance, because death might be a good thing, but that most
people fear death as an evil thing, when they cannot possibly know death to be
either good or evil.
Socrates states a
lawful authority, either
human or divine, should be obeyed.
Socrates holds up the mirror
claiming the greatest good occurs in Athens when a citizen' moral concern is
for the souls of fellow citizens.
Socrates askes for proof of an attempt
to corrupt and an accuser.
The irreverent self-defense speech angers the
jurors and invites punishment.
Socrates is sentenced to
He prophesies death will cause
come forward and replace
"In any autocratic regime,
the holders of power become increasingly tyrannical with experience of the
delights that power can afford. Since power over human beings is shown in
making them do what they would rather not do, the man who is actuated by love
of power is more apt to inflict pain than to permit pleasure." - Bertrand
marketing pitch of genocide - Soviet,
Khmer Rouge - are based on
the myth murder sprees are
organized by a single
Historians of tyranny have a mission to deliver
warnings from the past of the social
political conditions that brought these people to power.
Trujillo Molina, Jonas Savimbi,
Charles Taylor or
are presented as one dimensional psychopaths with
delusions of grandeur there is
no warning that a culture has stumbled into the danger zone.
learned about the chain of events and the systems of control used by the ruling class
to understand how genocidal
nightmares are engineered.
"Tyranny can't be isolated to just
one person giving orders.
It is an entire society consisting of bullies
and the bullied." - Bill Decker
Charmless psychopaths never
rise to power
without the backing of a culture
already steeped in cultural
ponerology, set in
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