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Sat, 22 Sep 2007

Aristotle on Tyrants

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

— Aristotle, Politics

Aristotle may have been wrong on quite a few of his theories about the way the world works, but at least he got this one right.