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|Taureck I 75
Politics/State/Socrates: the ruler is like a doctor. He does not want to benefit himself, but the ruled (which are thus compared with the sick). Famous point, further:
Ratio ruler/dominated: analogous to the ratio shepherd/herd. > Christianity.
Taureck: a meaningless inheritance of an originally sophistic topos.
But this picture did not come to full effect in antiquity. More effective was the image of the state as a ship without passengers, merely occupied by the ship's crew.
B. H.F. Taureck
Die Sophisten Hamburg 1995