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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Aristotle, Obama, and Vanity

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By: Ben Bryan
, THL Contributor

I stumbled upon this today while rereading Book Four of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics:

Vain people, on the other hand, are fools and ignorant of themselves, and conspicuously so; for thinking themselves capable of honorable undertakings, they make the attempt, and they are exposed. And they adorn themselves in dress and pose for effect and do other such things... thinking that through these they will be honored.

Could there be a better description of the Obama administration?


  1. Describes the President very aptly. It also brought to mind "The Emperor Has No Clothes."


    Check out my post at Rational Nation USA. Spot on Libertarian and a Conservative coalition in 2012. Some random thoughts spurred by Cato @ Liberty and four featured Milton Friedman spots.

    By the way your sight is becoming a regular read. Keep up your great work.

  2. Thanks!

    Good find, btw. I just tweeted a link to it (check the Twitter widget in the sidebar). As bad as things seem to be getting I am actually hopeful of a resurgence of liberty in America.

  3. Wes, I am hopeful, too.

    Ben's application of Aristotle's description is indeed apt.