0140 Well, “intoxicating” is not the only term that may be applied to A Primer on Classical Political Philosophy.
Another phrase is sobering. It says, “The sovereign will not be denied.”
The classical philosopher replies, “The glitter of your crown pales in comparison to the constellation of virtues shining above your head.”
Is that reply philosophy? Or poetry?
0141 The tenth primer returns to a world where the suprasovereign level of the society tier is occluded.
0142 Classical political philosophers are always caught in the middle.
The middle of what?
The middle of two opposing factions.
0143 What happens when a suprasovereign religion3cC harbors the single point of agreement between two opposing factions2cC?
For classical philosophers, the object that brings all into relation2cC consists of a constellation of virtues2cC.
For opposing factions in a divided society, the object that brings all into relation2cC brings everyone into conflict. After all, what is everyone fighting over? No one can say? Well, perhaps, the single point of agreement is that the other party is wrong.
0144 There are no grounds for reconciliation. So, each contesting party3aC demands sovereign power3bC in order to achieve its organizational objectives2aC, which is based on the conviction that the other party is wrong1aC.
Of course, two movements at each other’s throats2aC gives the sovereign3bC plenty of room for asserting legal authority2bC.
0145 Here is a picture.
The sovereign3bC is in charge of maintaining order1bC.
But, sovereign acts and decrees2bC merely maintain the fight between competing institutions3aC.
The sovereign gains more and more authority by satisfying no one.
0146 Indeed, a sovereign3bC capable of accommodating two opposing camps, keeping the conflict roaring, does not need to look up and see a constellation of virtues in the heavens above. Rather, accommodation encourages a lack of virtue among the opposing factions3aC. The two antagonistic righteousnesses1aC may boil over into chaos1bC.
0147 Oh, chaos1bC increases the demand for sovereign power3bC.
So, sovereign power3bC stokes the flames without realizing that chaos1bC can also destroy the reigning order1bC.