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Who Should Mend the Ship of State? – “A History of Western Philosophy” – Bertrand Russell

December 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Electoralism, Leadership, Politics

He tells (as Plato also does) how Socrates was continually occupied with the problem of getting competent men into positions of power. He would ask such questions as:

“If I wanted a shoe mended, whom should I employ?” To which some ingenuous youth would answer: “A shoemaker, O Socrates.” He would go on to carpenters, coppersmiths, etc., and finally ask some such question as “who should mend the Ship of State?

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