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A people’s President

Thomas Jefferson was not so fond of the British and particularly despised their form of government. Everything that Jefferson stood for during and after the War of Independence was in opposition to what the ruling classes of Great Britain stood for: monarchy, noble titles that passed on to the children of the titleholder, hereditary aristocracy, rule of well-fed oligarchs over the common people, etc.

Anthony Merry (1756 – 1835)

Thomas Jefferson being so focused on being a president ‘of the people’ he even dressed like the ‘common people’. His ‘pell-mell’ approach when it came to clothing wouldn’t change even when he was receiving the British ambassador.

In the early 19th century, England sent to Washington DC a new ambassador, Anthony Merry.  Jefferson not only showed up late to his first meeting with Merry (something unheard of) but in order to make perfectly clear how the president of the then young United States felt about ‘His Majesty’s Ambassador’, Jefferson showed up dressed in his pajamas, robe and slippers! Unfortunately, Merry’s complaints to  President Jefferson -but also to James Madison- were met with sarcasm…

2 thoughts on “A people’s President

  1. Hmm… I must say I humbly do not agree. Well, that is to say that I agree on the words, but not on their correlation to the philosopher. I’ve read the Platonic Dialogues and nothing of this sort was ever even hinted at by the player Socrates. You should review his ‘Conception of Knowledge and the Priorities’. Remember also that he was an empiricist, not some prophet of pseudo-metaphysics.

    • Very interesting. Thanks for your comment.

      You are right: this is not an actual, precise quotation of Socrates. I just uploaded it because I believe it summarizes the essense of one of the subjects that is discussed in “Protagoras”.
      I don’t quite agree with your last phrase. Socrates and Plato didn’t occupy their minds with Metaphysics. Sure. This is true. But we can’t go so far as to call them “empiricists”… They did rely a lot on observation (as the majority of Greek philosophers did) but they also believed -esp.Plato- that the “phenomenon” can be decieving. This is also another reason that Plato turned his eyes towards the “world of ideas”.

      -Just a few words about a huge subject.
      Best wishes for 2014.

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