The Slave, The Orator & The Emperor: Stoicism in the age of Covid and other insanities

A trio of Stoics from Ancient Greece offer philosophical opposition to today’s turbo capitalism in this excerpt from Raging Twenties, Great Power Politics Meets Techno-Feudalism. Stoicism, in Ancient Greece, was pop culture — reaching out in a way that the sophisticated Platonic and Aristotelian schools could only dream of. Like the Epicureans and the Skeptics, the Stoics owed a lot to Socrates — who always stressed that philosophy had to be practical, capable of changing our priorities in life. The Stoics were very big on ataraxia (freedom of disturbance) as the ideal state of our mind. The wise man cannot possibly be troubled because the key to wisdom is knowing what not to care about. So the Stoics were Socratic — in the sense that they were striving to offer peace of mind to Everyman. Like a Hellenistic version of the Tao. The great ascetic Antisthenes was a companion of Socrates — and a precursor of the Stoics. The first Stoics took their name from the porch — stoa — in the…