Ceylanpinar for To buttress his point, Aristotle records the varieties of political life encountered in other lands and in other times. He demonstrates that comparative investigations, by broadening our perspective, may give our conceptual analysis the flexibility appropriate to the study of politics. To illustrate the need for this theoretical flexibility we might recall the ancient Greek myth of Procrustes. Procrustes was a famous robber known for mutilating his victims. He would stretch or cut off the legs of people so they would fit snugly into his bed. To call something Procrustean is to suggest that it produces uniformity and exactness by rough or violent methods. Political theorists must be wary of their Procrustean impulses. Ceylanpinar 2016.