Are Tyrants Necessary?

At the Dawn of Tyranny: The Origins of Individualism, Political Oppression, and the State

by Eli Sagan
The story is told about Herbert Spencer that when T.H. Huxley discovered that in his youth Spencer had written a tragedy, he remarked that he knew what the plot must have been: “a beautiful theory killed by a nasty, ugly, little fact.” It is a story which comes immediately to …