Russell Gmirkin wrote: ↑Sat Jan 07, 2023 5:38 pm
Very briefly, in Plato’s Laws he explicitly and extensively lays out a system of theocratic government with two layers, esoteric and exoteric. The ruling class elites would do extensive research in international law codes to create a new system of laws. These laws would be promoted among the citizenry as ancient and divine, given by the gods to an inspired lawgiver to the founding generation. To maintain the illusion, Plato said the ruling class elites foreign contacts and research into the cultures, practices and literatures of other nations must be kept secret from the general population, who would believe that their constitution, laws and sacred national literature were a product of divine revelation to their distant ancestors. Cultural isolation of the general population was also strictly mandated to prevent them from exposure to information sources incompatible with this national mythology. A dual national life was thus envisioned in which the esoteric cosmopolitan connections of the ruling class would be systematically obscured in the exoteric official literature and traditions of the masses.
Thank you for the response, Russell. I can't say if this was the case right now but I'm keeping an open mind. And as I do, this program strikes me as a tall order. Not impossible, but tall.
I have a vague recollection of reading something in one of your books or about one of your books, that if your idea is correct, then Jewish/Israelite history (in the OT) would be the only example we have of this Greek-inspired "illusion" being put into practice. Is this correct? And if so, why do you think that is? Is it reflective of the program being a "tall order"? (But if I'm recalling incorrectly, then never mind.)