The Guardian on philosopher-kings
May 10, 2012
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Article here. The author argues that the idea of a philosopher-king is the idea of a perfectly intelligent person for whom the seat of government should always remain open. Since there are no perfectly intelligent people (and Plato knew this), the call for a philosopher-king is really a call for no ruler at all. It concludes:
Instead of staging acrimonious elections for the post of president or prime minister, rather than arguing over who mismanaged a budget or failed to lower unemployment rates, we should simply hold regular viewings of the empty chair at the summit of all governance. Behold the absent philosopher-king, the infeasible ideal ruler, whose always imminent, always postponed arrival may guide us in the endless self-and-other relation that is politics.