Brian Leiter, I come to you and yours on this . Do philosophers have the right stuff to run for office and govern well? I just always supposed everyone agreed “The Republic” wasn’t a great idea.
I personally never considered running for office.
(The philosophers have spoken: Not a good idea.)
What I was going to say, before I was so rudely interrupted, actually, was that Marcus Aurelieus ruled during Pax Romana–the best time in Rome for all. QED, Fuckers.
Pax Romana was a time during Rome when at least rulers lasted over a period of about 100 years. There was incredible flourishing among the people, a bounty of wealth–in goods, services, money, and more.