Friday, June 23, 2017

A helpful primer …

… Shakespeare’s Politics - The American Interest. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Much has changed, but not everything. Order is still better than chaos … The destruction of a regime—the modern equivalent of regicide—is still likely to bring chaos or civil war … The biggest change, perhaps, is that ambition, once a sin against order, is now a prerequisite for office. Shakespeare would be astonished to find we have invented a system of choosing leaders that is so arduous and unpleasant that only those with overwhelming personal ambition will think of submitting themselves to it.


  1. Yet how very, very odd that The American Interest should run a piece called "Shakespeare's Politics" that does not once reference Allan Bloom and Harry Jaffa's not exactly obscure 1964 book "Shakespeare's Politics."

  2. We invented it? Good old Yankee ingenuity at it's best, I say. But then Disraeli noted in his diary something along the lines of "Well, I have climbed the greasy pole to the top." It is well enough to say "Nolo episcopari", but how many of the unambitious ever have the opportunity to do so.