“...and from him I received the idea of a polity in which there is the same law for all, a polity administered with regard to equal rights and equal freedom of speech, and the idea of a kingly government which respects most of all the freedom of the governed;...”, p. 195This is coming from a Roman emperor, one of the most absolute of dictators. Obviously he had different ideas about equal rights in regard to women and slaves but he is still laying the groundwork.
Read and think. Some of those dead white guys had some good ideas. Of course I assume that some dead not-white not-guys also could have good ideas, so get off my back.
Aurelius, Marcus. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, from the Harvard Classics, Vol 2. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, 1937.
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