Jaki rząd jest najlepszy? Ten, który uczy nas rządzić samym sobą.

English Translation

Which government is the best? The one who teaches us to rule ourselves.

does “samym” here mean something like “by ourselves”? Everytime I see any form of “sam” alongside any form of “sobie” I always get a bit confused. Would this sentence be ok without using samym? Or its use is detrimental here?

“Samym” is here for emphasis, and it is often used with “sobą” in contexts like this one. It is not strictly required though.

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