Tuesday, December 02, 2008

To safeguard an easy life

When the first cities were formed from families, the lawless liberty of the nobles caused them to resist any checks and burdens: witness the aristocracies in which the nobles rule as lords. Later, when the plebeians become numerous and grown warlike, the nobles were obliged to bear the same laws and burdens as the plebs: witness the nobility in democracies. Finally, to safeguard their easy lives, the nobles were naturally inclined to submit to a single ruler: witness the nobility under monarchies. 

Giambattista Vico

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