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The Root of Tyranny Ethics Blog #3

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs: When he first appears he is a protector.”

– Plato (Ancient Greek philosopher, 428 BCE – 348 BCE)

Definitions of Tyranny
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
 4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act or proceeding.

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