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The Wise Ruling the Unwise Seeking the Consent of the Masses The most difficult thing for a regime to achieve is that of acquiring the best ruler with the consent of the ruled Aristotle acknowledges this in his works The Politics and Caius Marcius Coriolanus faces this difficult task in the Shakespeare play The Tragedy of Coriolanus We even see this same difficult task arise in contemporary politics as the masses are wooed one way or the other with sound bites and talk show appearances by candidates who may not be the best leader for the republic To this day I dont know if there is a real solution for this dilemma There is however a better way to go about seeking the consent of the ruled then the route Coriolanus took and there is a good way to go about achieving a threshold in our republic where we better our chances so that those who Know have the consent of those who do not Know so that the common good can be achieved Aristotle believed that those who ruled must be wise They must possess certain virtues and knowledge that can allow for him to rule for the common good For someone to Know he must understand man and the common good of man Aristotle believed every man is by nature a political animal Man must forge partnerships with other humans to live the good life Man is not self-sufficient It is these partnerships that provide for the basis of the polis or city-state There is a natural hierarchy of partnerships that lead to the polis The most basic is that of the family Marriage is in essence a political partnership There are certain tasks and duties that neither a man nor a woman can do without another therefore making marriage a necessity for the good life Following the family there is the tribe village and eventually the polis It is the polis that
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