Florida Republican Who Claimed Socrates Would Be “Cancelled Real Quick” Today Is Getting a History Lesson on Twitter
Florida State Rep. Anthony Sabatini is currently running for U.S. Congress, and it appears he’s taken up the increasingly popular Republican platform of “owning libs.” Looking at his Twitter account, he doesn’t seem to like talking about actual issues affecting his constituents, but he does love tweeting things like “WOKE IDIOTS EVERYWHERE” and “END THE MASK CULT NOW!!!”
He also tweeted his concerns about “cancel culture” and its hypothetical impact on centuries-dead philosophers. “If Socrates was out philosophizing in American society today, he would be cancelled real quick,” Sabatini tweeted Thursday.
A lot of people were quick to point out that Sabatini very clearly doesn’t know anything at all about Socrates.
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) May 21, 2021
If Sabatini had done a little research before very obviously just naming the first philosopher he could think of, he might have learned that Socrates was, in fact, cancelled in his own time. And by cancelled, I don’t mean he lost a book deal or voluntarily chose to quit his job at a major publication or any of the other things conservatives love to call cancellation.
No, Socrates was actually cancelled, by which I mean he was put on trial for his political beliefs and executed.
Narrator: Socrates was executed. https://t.co/IMi8R0fu1r
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) May 21, 2021
socrates, famously never cancelled before his perfectly timely death after a long life much beloved and appreciated by his city https://t.co/0AZGkBCS3O
— jenna 🦥 (@_jenna_leanne) May 21, 2021
Like I understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did kill Socrates https://t.co/mM1l40sPdf
— Jess Zimmerman (@j_zimms) May 21, 2021
About to use the Socratic method to walk this man though Socrates’ death https://t.co/mngtedo7NU
— jesse taylor (@jesseltaylor) May 21, 2021
i mean they did also cancel socrates. that was a pretty significant thing that happened. like I understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did cancel socrates https://t.co/96MxzSj7bD
— Aaron Bady (@zunguzungu) May 21, 2021
tell me you don’t know anything about Socrates without telling me you don’t know anything about Socrates https://t.co/y3jFGEqJD3
— Indy 🐧 (@IndecisiveJones) May 21, 2021
This is like, very much a thing he should know.
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) May 21, 2021
— Ship of Theses (@postclassics) May 21, 2021
In some ways, Socrates is the perfect philosopher for Sabatini, given he never actually wrote down any of his teachings so we only have them secondhand, and obstinate, dogma-driven conservatives like him love to twist the legacies of long-dead public figures to suit their agendas.
There’s also that famous quote attributed to Socrates: “I know that I know nothing,” or perhaps “The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing.” Ancient quotes tend to get corrupted over the years, but as for the general sentiment (or a twisted version of it), yeah, I’d say knowing nothing and being proud of it is right up Sabatini’s alley.
(image: The Met Museum, Wikicommons)
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