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Plato provides a contrast with this view of Politics Socrates is openly critical of Themistocles Pericles and Thucydides other heroes They did not make Athens powerful Power is not ability to do whatever you fancy at the moment - the tyrants power is useless because he does not know what to do with it True power is the ability to achieve your most important goals The goal is happiness a worthwhile life politics is cooperative action toward that goal The statesman who really knows what politics is about does not seek his own fame and glory but the true welfare of the citizens of the state This requires knowledge of what a worthwhile life is like Very few will achieve that knowledge and only after long training and experience The best state will be one ruled by a few genuine experts on the art of living well Democratic politics is the struggle for glory and the useless power to tyrannize Aristotles view of politics is like Platos only he does not seem so much concerned to change the world The goal of all we do is happiness - a vague term he says and proceeds to give it content in a way which puts happiness out of the reach of large sections of the population He does not actually say so but it looks as if the aim of politics is the good life for a minority His conception of happiness is a development of Platos as seen in the Gorgias and Republic its main element is intrinsically worthwhile activity well done so the virtues are needed to make it possible The intrinsically worthwhile activities include those traditionally valued by the Greeks - courageous acts generous acts just acts etc also and most important intellectual activity -- science philosophy thinking speaking All this done with friends This will be a pleasant life but that is not what makes it valuable - these activities
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