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    Unhappy ruling in their own right?

    This fact gives rise to the question of the justice of a society which in the best case would be governed by gentlemen ruling in their own right. Just government is government which rules in the interest of the whole society and not merely of a part.

    What is the meaning of this saying? Thanks.

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    Default Re: ruling in their own right?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-learner
    This fact gives rise to the question of the justice of a society which in the best case would be governed by gentlemen ruling in their own right. Just government is government which rules in the interest of the whole society and not merely of a part.

    What is the meaning of this saying? Thanks.
    Hello EL

    I find this sentence a little odd. The usual meaning of 'in one's own right' is 'by virtue of one's own qualifications (or abilities)'.

    For instance, if you say that someone is 'an artist in his own right', you mean that he too is an artist.

    So the literal meaning of the sentence would be 'a society which in the best case would be governed by gentlemen ruling by virtue of their own abilities'.

    However, to judge by the context, the intention seems to be to question the validity of oligarchic or aristocratic government, i.e.

    "This fact gives rise to the question of how just a society is, if it is governed for the benefit of the few people who govern. Just government is government which rules in the interest of the whole society and not merely of a part."

    MrP

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