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Dictator may produce impressive material results, but at the cost of degrading the human spirit. goods, but at a Industrial autocracy may produce more frightful expense in the health and happi- ness of men, women and Thomas Jefferson said, that "the care of happiness is the first children. It is still human true, as life and and only legitimate object of good government/' cannot deny, however, that efficiency We is important. is expert leadership. every reason to believe, judging from the experience of previous culIts best guarantee There is own, that when they are educated to the need of them democracies can select able leaders and tures as well as our make is full beyond use of the skill of trained specialists.
Odysseus has always led the way in council and in the field, but this is by far the best thing he has ever done among us, the mouth of this impudent slan- when he stopped derer. " So spoke the people. on Odysseus realized that such sentiments as Thersites' at once, but he also saw that the man must be checked had insufficient support actually dangerous. To from make him him and make him ri- his fellows to humiliate diculous was obviously the best strategy. And the people, ashamed of their self-appointed spokesman and aware of the superior power of their leaders, at once dissociated THE TRIBAL AGE themselves from him.
Endurance of Odysseus, and many of those upper-class THE TRIBAL AGE had been woven into the ideals 2Q social pattern of the democracy. For an adequate understanding of the relation of tribal society to the later Athenian culture, one final observa- must be made before we leave this period. Both the and the culture patterns of later Greece were founded on a mingling of the northern invaders and the tion racial stock Mediterranean people who inhabited the territory be- fore they came. Only in recent years have realize, owing t6 archaeological discoveries, Greek civilization commercial and area, especially we come to how greatly was indebted to the highly developed artistic society already existing in that on the infiltration of the island of Crete, during the early northern tribes.