The tension between ochlocracy
and autocracy is parallel to the opposition between pure populism and pure elitism, and the dangers embodied by both extremes demonstrate a contradiction at the heart of democracy.
Plato, Aristotle, and Polybius all held to cyclical views of the rise and fall of governments, and each of them had been fascinated by the process by which democracy regularly degenerates into a lawless state of license or (in Polybius' terms) of ochlocracy
or mob rule.
The right answer acknowledges three things: first, that it is a mistake to imagine that there are established norms of public opinion that go unaffected by state shaming; second, that we have far too little control over the way the public exercises its enforcement power--far too little control over the tendency of the public to become either a mob or a collection of petty private prison guards; and third, that allowing state-encouraged lynching involves a troubling tolerance for ochlocracy
, for a democratic government too susceptible to the pitch and yaw of mob psychology.
The specific outcome was democracy which, 'beyond all other governments subject to irregular, improvident and tyrannical conduct, where unchecked by some balancing power intrusted to a few', over the years became, in Mitford's opinion, 'Ochlocracy
, Mob-rule' and necessarily rent the polis.
Athenian democracy was an "Ochlocracy
, Mob rule" (p.
I am sure every good Politician would plot, as long as he would against Despotism, Empire, Monarchy, Aristocracy, Oligarchy, or Ochlocracy
.--A fine Story indeed.
Given that we now know from Erdogan's op-ed piece that Turkey sent its troops to Cyprus "despite Washington's objections", the murder shows what happens when a country goes into ochlocracy
When men begin to elevate themselves over and above our laws, our constitution and the judiciary, we descend speedily into a state of anomie and ochlocracy
. There is no way Malami, despite being a SAN, can conduct himself in a manner as one who knows it all better than Justices Ademola Adeniyi and Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja and Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf and Peter Affen of the FCT High courts; the ECOWAS Court of Justice, and lately, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu who all, in their judicial eminence, granted Dasuki bail.