June 25, 2024

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NEW YEAR DAY SPECIAL: Remembering Socrates’s prediction of the failure of democracy

MY colleague and former boss Ugo Onuoha just drew my attention, again! to the sayings of a sage of inimitable personage, Socrates, on democracy.
Only that our country, Nigeria, had not been “founded” by a so-called Mungo Park at the time, you would think that Socrates was speaking to us. Read him as of nearly 3,000 years ago:
“Democracy must fall because it will try to tailor to everyone:
“The poor will want the wealth of the rich, and democracy will give it to them.
“Young people will want to be respected as elderly, and democracy will give it to them.
“Women will want to be like men, and democracy will give it to them.
“Foreigners will want the rights of the natives and democracy will give it to them.
“Thieves and fraudsters will want important government functions, and democracy will give it to them.
“And at that time, when thieves and fraudsters finally, and democratically take authority; because criminals and evil doers want power, there will be worse dictatorship than in the time of any monarchy or oligarchy.”
Socrates (470-399 B.C.)