Single Idea 2826

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

As a larger amount of water is less easily polluted, so the multitude is less easily corrupted than the few.

Gist of Idea

Like water, large numbers of people are harder to corrupt than a few

Source

Aristotle (Politics [c.332 BCE], 1286a30)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Politics', ed/tr. Sinclair,T.A. /Saunders,T. [Penguin 1992], p.222