Sir Thomas More’s 16th Century definition of government:

“a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth.”

Right on, Thomas.



33 thoughts on “"CONSPIRACY OF RICH MEN" ?

    1. I don’t know 🙄 It might just be sad :??: I’d need to read more about him… but then, it’s difficult to get a proper rounded picture, what with the Tudor religious rages, and now people re-thinking him according to 21st century values :no:


      1. More was passionately Catholic, and because he refused to chuck the Pope to satisfy Henry, he came to a very nasty end :no: The Catholic church has made him a saint.


      2. It seems to be quite difficult to find out what he was really like. He seems to have been a real mixture. He believed in the education of women, and his daughter was very clever and highly educated. He seems to have been loved and loathed in equal measure … 🙄


      3. He wrote ‘Utopia’ .. all this makes me want to go back and find out more about him, but not this week, I have family staying! I have read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, seeing the times through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who seems according to her characterisation to have loathed and distrusted More …


      4. Having looked at portraits of both Cromwell and More…. I’d say Cromwell looks like a grim little piggy and More looks civilised and more appealing. Slightly……. 😉


      5. Thomas More predicted that iron would be of more worth than gold and diamonds. The world’s economic wealth is today based on iron.in either case neither have produced happiness.


  1. Did he not die on his way to attend, by command, Henry VIII’s Court, already deprived of his own wealth. Not knowing for certain, I wonder if it is this, that generated the observation.

    …and yes, many a true word.


    1. He was devoutly Catholic, fiercely anti-Protestant and refused to succumb to Henry’s insistence that he become the head of the church in defiance of the Pope. He finished up in the Tower, followed by hanging, drawing and quartering. He is regarded as a saint in the Catholic Church: recent studies have sought to review the evidence.


      1. As a good friend and confidant of King Henry and, as Chancellor, More was in a unique position to know ALL of the ‘ins and outs’ of Monarchy and Government.


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