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Much controversy continues over Socratess attitude towards democracy IF Stone embarrassed that the first democracy should have killed a man for exercising freedom of speech and freedom of religion attempted to justify this by going after Socrates as an enemy of democracy The Trial of Socrates but since Stone was busy defending Josef Stalin back in the Thirties and even wrote a book in 1952 the Hidden History of the Korean War defending the communist invasion of South Korea his own democratic credentials are suspect Indeed an evaluation of Socrates essentially depends on the question of what democracy is supposed to be That can be answered in due course There are three places in the Apology that provide evidence about Socratess attitude towards the democracy in Athens The first is at 20e where Socrates relates the story of Chaerephon asking Delphi if anyone was wiser than Socrates He says that Chaerephon was his friend and the friend of many of the jury sharing their exile and their return Exile and return Well of course the exile of the democrats from Athens after the fall of the city in 404 and during the Spartan occupation and the regime of the Thirty Tyrants That makes Chaerephon sound like a pretty serious partisan of the democracy Would such a one think of Socrates as the wisest man to the point of asking Delphi about it if Socrates were conspicuously against the democracy Not likely That is not decisive evidence naturally but it is suggestive in connection with other things The next point logically is at 32c where Socrates relates his experience under the Thirty Tyrants An enemy of the democracy and a sympathizer of the Spartans should have been in seventh heaven after Sparta had actually conquered Athens and installed its sympathizers But Socrates didnt want to have anything to do with that government and crossed them to the extent that his life might
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