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Universus status, ἢ λαοκρατία.

The Universal State, or Democracy.

Formicas homines factas dixere poŽtae,[1]
Sensus inest aliquis, provida cura movet.
Sed sine iudicio concurrunt lege solutae:
Et glomerat montes parvula turba suos.
Commovet has quidvis trepidas, Duce, Rege carentque,
Ordo tenet nullus, sollicitatque furor.
Has turbant sonitus, apibus dum rusticus aptam
Constituit sedem, & convocat alveolis.
Quum coŽunt cives sine legibus, imperiumque
Omnibus aequale est, ius, gladiusque silent,
Et nisi seditio populum vexatque tumultus,
Link to an image of this pageLink to an image of this page †[B5r p25]Praemia nulla bonis, libera poena malis.
Ut tempestates turbo praeludit arenis,
Horum conditio mobilis, atque status.
Hos fuge, tranquillas si quaeris figere sedes,
Nempe nihil firmi res popularis habet.

The poets said that men once rose from ants, and there is in them a kind of shared sense, for prudent care motivates their actions. But they run together without judgement, and in a mass they, though tiny, roll their mountains tall. They lack what coordinates them in their agitation (a leader or a king); they have no ruling order, and they are pulled this way and that by madness. They are disturbed by the noise of a peasant building a house for the bees and calling them to their hives. When citizens join without laws, and power is equally shared among all, justice and the sword are silent,


1.The myth of the Aeginetan hero Aeacus, and his followers the Myrmidons (Gk. Myrmex = ‘ant’).

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