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Ancient Greeks: Plutarch on Liberties of the People

Ancient Greeks: Plutarch on Liberties of the People

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people
is he who spreads among them
bounties, donations and benefits.

~ Plutarch

Plutarch, (born c. 45-50 bce—died c. 120-125 bce), was a Greek writer and philosopher. A prodigious and hugely influential writer, he is now most famous for his biographical works in his Parallel Lives which present an entertaining history of some of the most significant figures from antiquity.” ~ Ancient History Encyclopedia

READ MORE: Plutarch | Ancient History Encyclopedia

Human nature has not changed over the millennia.

Conservative legislators might consider minimum wage increases and social programs as pandering for votes (by the opposition). But you can’t categorize just earnings and value for tax dollars as give-aways. As Plutarch also noted, too much inequality will take down a republic.

The question is, do we learn from history?

Ancient Greek Wisdom  


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. John Fioravanti

    I think we are learning from history – but we are still struggling with the same flawed human nature that created the horrific events of the past. I also think that this medium will enhance the process of ‘learning from history.’

  2. hughcurtler

    The answers a resounding “NO”!!


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