Aristole on “diversity” – a multi-ethnic society is anti-democratic and chaotic, lacks philia

Jul 16, 2020

“For Aristotle, democracy is possible only within homogeneous ethnic groups, while despots have always reigned over highly fragmented societies.
A multi-ethnic society is thus necessarily anti-democratic and chaotic, for it lacks philia, this profound, flesh-and-blood fraternity of citizens. Tyrants and despots divide and rule, they want the City divided by ethnic rivalries. The indispensable condition for ensuring people’s sovereignty accordingly resides in its unity. Ethnic chaos prevents all philia from developing.”

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