Today, 08:19 AM
Hey ROL, I think you are making a logical error. You are confusing circumstances with genetic ability. Consider this:
Thucydides writes of ancient Greece: "...Lacedameon; for this city, though after the settlement of the Dorians, its present inhabitants, it suffered from factions for an unparalleled length of time, sitll at a very early period obtained good laws, and enjoyed a frreedom from tyrants which was unbroken; it has possessed the same for of government for more than four hundred years... and had thus been in a position to arrange the affairs of the other states."
What in the fuck does Thucydides have to do with Steve King? I will tell you. First, Steve mentions "western civilisation" directly-- and where is one place that had a disproportionate influence on that civlization? Ancient Greece. Particularly Athens, of a certain period, beginning with Plato and diminishing after Aristotle(please correct me if I am wrong here). Plato writes of Socrates, who fought in what we refer to as the Peloponnese war. The history of which was written by Thucydides, and from that history is the above quote taken.
Anyone who claims that the Greece of antiquity has had little influence on western civilization ignores the hard fact that the Roman state religion was designed with repurposed Greek deities, who had themselves altered the Anatolian versions. Which, themselves, came mostly from the fertile crescent and even older Egypt. If you do not deny Ancient Romes influence on Western Civilization, then you cannot deny Greek influence. If you do not deny Greek influence, then you cannot deny Anatolian etc.
Now, more to the point and to address the quotation directly. What does Thucydides say? He says, in essence, that the strongest city state of ancient Greece became that way because, "from a very early period (it) obtained good laws..." My point about your mistake being political circumstances can repress or enhance the relative strength of a people. A place that has been restrained to brutal political circumstances for hundreds of years will be more stifled than a place that has not been so subjected. Depending on the nature of those circumstances that place will become culturally inferior. That isn't an indictment of the people, rather of their rulers.