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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Athens in Dixie, part 4

Well, it's been some time since I last found an analogy between ancient Greek thought and contemporary American country music, but here is one:

"What makes democracy and oligarchy differ is poverty and wealth: wherever some rule on account of wealth, whether a minority or a majority, this is necessarily an oligarchy, and wherever those who are poor, a democracy. But it turns out, as we said, that the former are few and the latter many;  for few are well off, but all share in freedom - which are the causes of both disputing over the regime."
-- Aristotle, Politics, III.8

"I ain't got got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free."
-- George Strait, "Amarillo by Morning"

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