Over two thousand years ago, around 380 BC, Plato wrote The Republic. In it is a description of a political cycle which ends in tyranny. Interestingly, democracy is identified as a transition towards tyranny. Plato explains that the tyrant is first a protector. He points to the rich and accuses them of being oligarchs. Then, he redistributes their wealth to the voters.
“The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness… This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector.”
Struck by the similarities between Bernie’s movement and the National Socialist movement that took place 80 years ago in Germany, I created this flier and distributed it around my campus.