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"The father saw from afar the limits at which his authority had to expire; and when time has brought him to those limits, he abdicates without difficulty."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America).[1]
 
Tocqueville expresses surprise that commentators do not dwell more on the influence of inheritance.  He believes that the laws and mores of inheritance “should be placed at the…

Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History. Matthew Simonton. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.
 
Between tyranny and democracy there was oligarchy in the classical world. However, the rule of the few has been neglected by scholars, even when such a study, especially with today’s growing class divide, is all the more pressing. Matthew Simonton’s Classical Greek Oligarchy remedies this deficiency in our…

On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

 
In On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski bring together ten essays by political theorists who rely on ancient texts to assess the degree to which Western countries are oligarchies as well as to examine…