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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Democracy and Domestic Animals

posted by on June 11 at 12:18 PM

Meeting by accident this seemingly mundane image a moment ago…
…directed my thoughts to a passage that appears in the late pages of Plato’s Republic:

You would never believe — unless you had seen it for yourself—how much more liberty the domestic animals have in a democracy. The dog comes to resemble its mistress, as the proverb has it, and the same is true of horses and donkeys as well. They are in the habit of walking about the streets with a grand freedom, and bump into people they meet if they don’t get out of their way. Everything is full of this spirit of liberty.

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I sure hope none of the people in the picture are farmers, because that would make them stupid, or from Oklahoma, because that horse might have a "blind spot" that could result in the horse running over a loved "sibling" who might be an adopted minority. And no, I don't feel like letting it go.

Posted by Charles_Mudede_Is_A_Latent_Racist | June 11, 2008 12:48 PM

Fuck the liberty horses have -- I just wish I was hung like one.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 11, 2008 12:54 PM

Which one do you want, Charles?

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 11, 2008 12:58 PM

South Korea's a democracy.

They eat dogs there.

You have strange ideas of "liberty" - the freedom to be eaten is not one of the first precepts I would ascribe to that ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 1:26 PM

the freedom to be eaten is not one of the first precepts I would ascribe to that ...

Depends what you mean by 'eaten'.

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | June 11, 2008 1:46 PM

Since Charles posted this I imagine the family fucking the horses after they are done eating.

Posted by elswinger | June 11, 2008 2:30 PM

More Plato please.

Posted by Vince | June 11, 2008 2:31 PM

is this the enumclaw horsefuckers annual picnic?

Posted by scary tyler moore | June 11, 2008 3:01 PM

@1 FTW

you gotta change your name dude.... add a "B" in front of "Latent"

Posted by Wurm | June 11, 2008 3:49 PM

Like my main man George W. Clinton once said, "Freedom is free of the need to be free."

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | June 11, 2008 4:35 PM

8: Actually, no, because they all moved away. Ask Charles where they are. He seems still fixated on the subject.

Posted by 98022 | June 11, 2008 8:43 PM

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