Tyranny is the historical norm.
Tyranny is the root of society’s problems.”
“Now the tyranny of distance is our greatest asset.”
This may be taken as the end of the “age of tyrants” but not the end of tyranny.
As much as he may have disliked Ireland, he disliked injustice and tyranny more.
It would be a pity, however, if it was merely replaced by a tyranny of emotional flamboyance.
It is a pleasure to read your series on liberal thought (“Against the tyranny of the majority”, August 4th).
Thucydides, for instance, a military historian if ever there was one, saw tyranny primarily in economic terms.
The tyranny of demagogues and of “multitudes drunk with power” he regarded as being as bad as that of kings and oligarchs.
Tyranny, in the Greco-Roman world, an autocratic form of rule in which one individual exercised power without any legal restraint.
The tyranny did not fall—Clearchus was succeeded by his brother—but the tyrannicides appear to have acted from genuine political conviction.
America, however, is plagued by the only democratic vice more troubling than the tyranny of the majority: tyranny of the minority.
It is a truth wearily demonstrated by history that acts of tyranny condoned against some will finally become a tyranny visited on all.
“Human Sadness,” a meandering, eleven-minute freak-out from the Voidz’s album “Tyranny,” seemed to speak to some long-simmering avant-garde aspirations.
So tyranny had to be resisted, but obliquely, with a biblical reference or a parable in his slowly spoken sermons; he preferred to be a drop of eroding water, not a spearhead.
It is conventional to decry the tyranny of short-term thinking, a tyranny that is supposedly getting more oppressive in a world of Twitter mobs and one-click consumers.
That’s the danger, for with the lies come the appeasement of tyranny, the admiration of tyranny, and, as now seems increasingly likely, the secret alliance with tyranny.
The best-known definition of tyranny comes from Aristotle’s Politics: “Any sole ruler, who is not required to give an account of himself, and who rules over subjects all equal or superior to himself to suit his own interest and not theirs, can only be exercising a tyranny.”
The influential “hoplite theory” of the origin of tyranny seeks to explain one general phenomenon of the 7th century—namely, the beginning of tyranny—by reference to another, the introduction of hoplite weapons and tactics with their greater emphasis on a collective, corporatist ethos.
But revolutionary war against “lesser tyranny” might well be proportional if, instead, the harm to innocent people the revolution will cause were weighed, not just against the harm the tyranny is doing to the current generation of the people, but against that when combined with the harm to future generations if the tyranny is not overthrown.
- a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
- dominance through threat of punishment and violence
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But revolutionary war against lesser tyranny might well be proportional if instead the harm to innocent people the revolution will cause were weighed not just against the harm the tyranny is doing to the current generation of the people but against that when combined with the harm to future generations if the tyranny is not overthrown