The, Democracy, And Leadership

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We have argued in this course that there is nothing more paradoxical than the focus and emphasis of Ancient Political Thought in Greek culture. Of course, this may be because of our modern preoccupation of our current political foundation have lead us to believe that people associate democracy and leadership as an antidote to conflict and corruption. This may also be the case since Greek culture illustrates that the polis was the final form of political association during the time when Aristotle was setting out his ideas. But even if this was the case, there is still much about politics we can learn. Despite the current understandings surrounding leadership and democracy as an antidote to stasis, it will be argued that both of these ideas are inefficient in curbing out what could have led to a democratic society.
The two antidotes of stasis, democracy and leadership, can be found in Creon’s opening speech in Antigone as it demonstrates that it is impossible to distinguish democracy as an antidote from the sense of the participation of the people. To add to this stasis, let’s take a look at Creon’s initial address to the chorus, paying close attention to the metaphor of polis as a ship (Antigone ln 135). If you look at it closely, you can recall that Creon described the city of Thebes as a ship that had survived the storm, and he derived the meanings of these antidotes by showing they had led the ship of the polis to safety (Antigone ln 137). The reason this is important,…

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