The Political Animal. by Rex Scott · Published October 29, 2021 · Updated October 29, 2021 https://fleming.foundation/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/THE-DOCTOR-IS-IN-QA-102621-Export-1.mp3 Dr. Fleming explains Aristotle's Political Animal and Rex discovers Polis may not be a city in Poland. Share Tweet
Very good show. So much compressed into thirty minutes. Your contrast of the conception of the polis with the modern state reminded me of an evening five decades ago when Red Leftists took grave offense at Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddihn speaking at my Alma mater. He explained to them detail what you only mention here in passing —that in essence they were the equivalent of the National Socialists they pretended to despise separated only by their preference in dress for wine colored red blazers instead of khaki long sleeves.
I thought your questions about loners and St Benedict were apt to the discussion and actually very important. In the first chapter of his rule he takes your question quite seriously and describes the four different types of monks. (still present to this very day) The only two types he found worthy of imitating were those who live in a community under a rule and a Abbot and then in special cases the hermit who “after a long probation of living in a community and having learned from the help of many brethren for many years, have learned how to live and fight on their own.
The other two types he says it is better not to speak much about because they are like the Cyclops described here by Dr. Fleming or as he says” living in two and threes without a shepherd in their own sheepfold and not of God’s.”
Belloc said somewhere in his wanderings across Europe that the village is the more civilized aspect of our farming communities in contrast to the lone homesteads out by themselves miles from each other and any town. I think Virgil in the Georgics describes the similarity between bees and humans living in society although the insects “lack the arts and love.” I want to mention Hesiod too but will spare you for I have said more than enough about small government being more beautiful than the one worlders. Thanks again for the good shows when the doctor is in.