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Aristotle and Platos philosophy of government and politics are relevant today and are as
universal and useful as they were two or three thousand years ago. It has been up to people to
understand the philosophers theories, and help guide them throughout history. One of the things
that Plato and Aristotle touched upon is their input on different types of governments in a city.
Both philosophers believed that a Tyranny government would lead a city in corrupt and at a
According to Plato, a Timocrary or a military state is the most stable and ideal
government. In Aristotle's opinion a Kingship is the best form of government, where a good king
can look after his subjects better and more efficiently. Aristotle and Plato both considered
Tyranny to be the worst form of government. The philosophers believed that a city ruled by a
single person that does not care for the people but for owns sake will bring such disaster and
corruption. Furthermore, in a Tyrannical government, the leader misleads the people of the
community, and uses ones own power to benefits ones own interest. Plato describes tyranny as
a man driven by his unlawful appetites or as to say unlawful desires. According to world
history, wars that had fought for such brutal government ruling can be compared to like Hitler.
According to Wikipedia, Hitler used misleading emotional provoking messages that brought
irrational thoughts and outcomes to the Nazi army and German community. He pursued a war
that killed many of people across Germany and Europe because of being Jewish, thus leading a
corrupted city with a corrupted army.
Well then how is Tyranny avoiding in the United States? According to the Constitutional
Rights Foundation, the Constitution separates government power into three equal branches: the
executive, legislative, and judicial. The executive is the President, legislative is congress and

judicial as the Supreme Court. Each branch checks on each other to evaluate the distribution of
power. Hillsdale Colleges website explains that separation of powers in the government is
necessary because human beings are imperfect. Knowing that people are imperfect, the United
States government proposed a structured government to prevent Tyranny.
Tyranny today is a reflection of the Communist governed countries like North Korea.
North Korean population is managed by the state. North Korea uses mass media, propaganda and
other methods to idealize a heroic and worshipful leader, of whom is currently Kim Jong-un. In a
NBC World News reported in February 2014, stated that North Koreas Labor camps almost
mirror the cruelty of concentration camps during World War II times. North Korea labor camps
to punish citizens who or disobeyed the government, any statues or figures of the leader, or
caught trying to escape the city.
In summary, Aristotle and Platos views on government provide similar views on a
Tyranny ruled government. The Philosophers believed that a Tyranny government would bring a
corrupted city. Throughout history, World War II brought by Hitler showed what a Tyrant ruler
was capable of doing. Currently, North Korea represents this form of leadership and government.
The United States prevents a Tyranny to happen by dividing the government powers into three

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