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  •  It is amazing to me that people like you (3+ / 0-)
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    are so quick to condemn the Athenians for doing what we did in the beginning of our nation. We treated our slaves much worse than the slaves were treated in Athens. Furthermore, Athens was creating democracy. When we designed our government we knew all about the weaknesses of Athens, but we didn't do any better.

    And, of course, we denied our women property rights and the right to vote longer than we denied them to the slaves. So, you really should drop your superior attitude.

    In addition, your remark about the common man was wrong as well. Of the 30,000 or so male citizens of ancient Athens the overwhelming majority were common citizens and they were very well treated. In ancient Athens, the Assembly truly governed and it truly was the voice of the People.

    As for the metics, they were indeed foreigners who had civil rights but not political rights. They could not attend the Assembly for example, but they chose to live in Athens because they were free to do as they pleased, and they were treated better there than where they came from.

    So, almost all you said in your comment is wrong, but I predict that your reaction will be to get angry and attack me and further embarrass yourself, or you will sullenly keep quiet, or you will enlist friends to attack me as you orchestrate the attack from behind the curtain.

    And last, but not least, the implication of what you are saying is that Athens treated its citizens worse than we treat ours, which is obviously not true. So, good ideas are where you find them, and ancient Athens had plenty of them which we could adapt to our system and improve our lives.

    Have a nice day.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:16:22 PM PDT

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