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I've found a reference in a Jewish text from the mid-19th century to a "gentile sage" (an expression usually referring to a Greek philosopher, but it could be any non-Jewish person really) who said that an assembly or parliament which was elected without any opposition is not fit for purpose and should be dissolved, because an opposition is vital to sound decision-taking. Can anyone give me any clue as to who might have said this? Thanks!

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    Hi, welcome to Philosophy SE. Could you link the text, or reference it, please. – Conifold Oct 24 '19 at 19:56
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    It's here hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=1010&pgnum=238 - section 20 of Benjamin Aryeh Hakohen Weiss's "Even Yekarah". A partial translation into English is to be found in 'The Jewish Political Tradition' vol 3, pages 408-409. – Zarka Oct 24 '19 at 19:58

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