Again a book recommendation: Yanis Varoufakis’s “and the weak suffer what they must”. Yanis Varoufakis is not a traditionalist like Jeremy Corbin and also not riding on plain principles. Still both are standing in for common values paired with humanist basics and not a political climate which is dominated by common enemies, colour, nationality. Yannis offers a profound inside of what he thinks went wrong and why, - to do this he’s going back to the 1040’s.
Political Realism of Athens and the Political Idealism of Melos is the story of Melos’s leaders facing a terrible choice either having their Countrymen die as free men or live as slaves.: ”Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."
To put it this way: Hobbes and Machiavelli are founding fathers of political realism, according to which state policy must primarily or solely focus on the need to maintain military and economic power rather than on ideals or ethics.
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