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Single Idea 20254

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 6. Government / a. Government]

Full Idea

Some govern out of pleasure in governing, others in order not to be governed - to the latter, governing is merely the lesser of two evils.

Gist of Idea

People govern for the pleasure of it, or just to avoid being governed

Source

Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 181)

A Reaction

Our current society is full of self-employed people whose major motivation is to avoid being employees.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.130