Tuesday, 21 June 2011

I proclaim

"Listen then," says the angry Sophist,

"I proclaim that might is right, and Justice is the interest of the stronger...

The different forms of government make laws, democratic, aristocratic, or autocratic, with a view to their respective interests, and these laws, so made by them to serve their interests, they deliver to their subjects as 'justice,' and punish as 'unjust' anyone who transgresses them....

I am speaking of injustice on a large scale; and my meaning will be most clearly seen in autocracy, which by fraud and force takes away the property of others, not retail but wholesale.

Now when a man has taken away the money of the citizens and made slaves of them, then, instead of swindler and thief he is called happy and blessed by all.

For injustice is censured because those who censure it are afraid of suffering, and not from any scruple they might have of doing injustice themselves".

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