Author Archives: Guillaume Durocher

Animal Conservation or Bison Supremacism?

I have a general rule in dealing with the politically-correct: look at what they do, not what they say. I was very struck when I recently came across the efforts to restore the “genetic purity” of North American bison, the overwhelming majority of which have been tainted by cattle DNA through cross-species interbreeding. While it […]

The Laws: Plato’s Sacred Ethnostate, Part 4: Greek Unity and the Federation against Barbarians

Go to Part 1 Go to Part 2 Go to Part 3 Greek Unity: Federation against Barbarians Beyond the family and city-state, the third concentric circle of kinship and loyalty is that of the league of cities or indeed the Greek nation itself. In the Republic, Plato had argued that Greeks should be gentle with […]

The Laws: Plato’s Sacred Ethnostate, Part 3: The Sanctity of the Family and Procreation

Go to Part 1 Go to Part 2 Filial Piety: The Foundation of Social Order The remainder of this article will show the central role of a kinship, both familial and ethnic, in Plato’s Magnesian regime. Plato cites Homer’s Cyclopes as a metaphor for the family being prehistoric humanity’s first society. In this family, the […]

The Laws: Plato’s Sacred Ethnostate, Part 2: Social Cohesion and Just Inegalitarianism

Go to Part 1. A Holistic Rule of Law Aiming at Inculcating Virtue and Social Cohesion Plato’s main innovation in the Laws is to have pioneered the notion of the “rule of law.” He constrains the Magnesian regime in a complex system of laws and courts of appeal, guaranteed by the so-called Guardians of the […]

The Laws: Plato’s Sacred Ethnostate, Part 1

A version of this article will appear as a chapter in an upcoming book on ethnopolitical thought in ancient Greece. Constructive criticisms and comments are therefore most welcome. Plato’s Republic is one of the most famous books in existence. So long as it has had readers, people have wondered whether the ideal state presented in […]

Adaptive Barbarism: Politics and Kinship in the Iliad, Part 2

Part 1 of “Adaptive Barbarism” Patriotism: For Family and Fatherland An attractive feature of the Trojans, however, is their patriotism. The Achaeans fight for loot, honor, and the glory of their names and families. The Trojans’ allies fight for gold. But the soldiers of the city of Troy itself are fighting to save their families […]