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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


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