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    Default Vox populi, vox Deii.

    says Mr Musk.

    Who is not familiar with the advice of Alcuin:

    Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    Alcuin said that to Charlemagne, some time between 772 and 804.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    says Mr Musk.

    Who is not familiar with the advice of Alcuin:

    [FONT="]Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, [/FONT][FONT="]vox populi, vox Dei[/FONT], quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    Alcuin said that to Charlemagne, some time between 772 and 804.
    How about a translation for a guy who didn't get far past Amo Amas Amat.
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    Yeah. It's a bit ridiculous that Musk uses the quote unironically.

    Occurred to me that Musk's uncritical use of unscientific polling on Twitter to these questions also shows how Aristotle could envision a positive form of "rule by the many" (which he called a "polity"), he was deeply suspicious of the tyrannical form of "rule by the many" (which he called "democracy").

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    Default Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    IIRC, Ted Turner majored in Classics.

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    Default Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    How about a translation for a guy who didn't get far past Amo Amas Amat.
    "And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness."
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    Default Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    Nec audiendi
    We should not give hearing
    qui solent dicere
    to those who keep on saying
    Vox populi, vox Dei”
    ”the voice of the people (is) the voice of God”
    quum tumultousitas vulgivagues
    since the tumultuousness of the crowd
    semper insaniae
    (is) always very close to madness.

    is always very close to madness.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    IIRC, Ted Turner majored in Classics.
    Ted Turner was a whole different thing. Apart from the sailing, and Jane Fonda, I’m currently reading Maria Ressa’s book “Standing up to dictators” - she was an early hire by CNN and ran their Jakarta bureau; her admiration of Turner as a boss shines through.
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    Default Re: Vox populi, vox Deii.

    ACB for the win.

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    Default Vox populi, vox Deii.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    Nec audiendi
    We should not give hearing
    qui solent dicere
    to those who keep on saying
    "Vox populi, vox Dei"
    "the voice of the people (is) the voice of God"
    quum tumultousitas vulgivagues
    since the tumultuousness of the crowd
    semper insaniae
    (is) always very close to madness.
    I love the fact that I'm not the only person here who has studied Latin -- 3 years, mandatory, in my public (council) high school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom from Rubicon View Post
    ACB for the win.
    And I also love that people know the sources of things.
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