The Protest: A Socratic Dialogue

Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

The Scene: Socrates is watching a massive protest of students at the School of Athens. Elektra, a protest leader, and Leonidas, a merchant, notice Socrates furrowing his brow in puzzlement. Leonidas: [approaches Socrates] Aha, Socrates. Looks you don’t like these idiots any more than I do! Socrates: [slightly startled] Good day, Leonidas. Why do you call them idiots? Elektra: [overhearing] Idiots? We’re idiots to care about our unjust war against Persia? Socrates: [politely] Oh, hello Elektra. Have you already met Leonidas?” (05/13/24)