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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 1. Ideology]

Full Idea

Stoics say the best form of government is a blend of democracy and monarchy and aristocracy.

Gist of Idea

The best government blends democracy, monarchy and aristocracy


report of Stoic school (fragments/reports [c.200 BCE]) by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 07.131

Book Reference

'The Stoics Reader', ed/tr. Inwood,B/Gerson,L.P. [Hackett 2008], p.124

A Reaction

Sounds like nineteenth century Britain, when democracy was more limited, and the aristocracy richer and more influential. Presumably they want rule by an elite, but with some democratic restraints.