The Wisdom of the Statesman Part 14

Last week we considered the written laws that govern mankind. However, the Stranger pointed out that without real knowledge, these laws are ineffective in truly governing the populace. He also said that the power possessed by Judges isn’t kingship but is rather the guardian of the laws and the hand-maiden of kingship. He also made […]

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The Wisdom of the Statesman Part 13

Last week we looked at the systems of law and how this is practiced. The Stranger voiced his concern at leaders being directed by a written system of law and lamented the situation that would arise if we were all ruled by written law without knowledge because it would be impossible to apply the written […]

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The Wisdom of the Statesman Part 12

Last week the Stranger suggested that it would be impossible to rule a large city by referring only to written law, which he says would be unable to cater for all the various scenarios that arise. He further suggests a more effective manner when the leader rules through reason citing the example of a helmsman […]

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The Wisdom of the Statesman – Part 11

Last week we considered the statement why ever is it necessary to make laws, when the law is never perfectly right? What is being suggested is that it is impossible for a body of man-made laws to effectively govern a state or an organization because it would be difficult to frame laws that cater to […]

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The Wisdom of the Statesman Part 10

The search for the Statesman continues. Last week you might recall that we finished off discussing whether or not the Statesman would be guided by some written text and the Stranger was emphatic that this wouldn’t be the case saying “anyone who had actually acquired the knowledge of kingship would never create obstacles for himself […]

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