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- n. government by an assembly of citizens
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He is the enemy of the poets because poetry was declining in his own lifetime, and a theatrocracy, as he says in the Laws, had taken the place of an intellectual aristocracy.
And in this way the theatres from being mute have become vocal, as though they had understanding of good and bad in music and poetry; and instead of an aristocracy, an evil sort of theatrocracy has grown up.
If art is beneficial and a form of education, both poets and judges must educate the audience and not be swayed by it — we must not be a “theatrocracy.”