The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness ... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
— Plato, The Republic
It would be fascinating—if it were not so scary—to watch how fast Russians have fallen in line to support their new prime minister, Vladimir Putin. A political nobody just a few months ago, Putin has been “nursed to greatness” at a phenomenal pace by a public that (we are told) craves a strong, decisive leader—a “protector”—in the Kremlin.
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