Bad Government

ὡς κακὰ πλεῖστα πόλει Δυσνομίη παρέχει,

Εὐνομίη δ᾿ εὔκοσμα καὶ ἄρτια πάντ᾿ ἀποφαίνει,

καὶ θαμὰ τοῖς ἀδίκοις ἀμφιτίθησι πέδας·

Σόλων, τὰ ἐλεγεῖα, 4.31


Lawlessness brings the city countless ills,

but Lawfulness reveals all that is orderly and fitting,

and often places fetters round the unjust.

Solon, Elegies, 4.31



Does this quote from Solon of Athens remind us of our own laws?


Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Have we come to this time again?







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