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Why did Plato believe that a "just state" MUST NOT have equallity amongst people?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    because most people are ill equipped to govern themselves or even know whom to choose as someone to admire. Witness the millions of people who admire the following colon sacks: Bill O'Reily, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh...

    etc. etc. etc, ad nauseum. Clearly, these people, those named and the ones who worship them have no value as thinking individuals. Why should they have any voice in how best to run a country?

  • David
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Would a "Just State" be one where rational thought controls the laws we all live by or would a "Just State" be one where the whims of desire control the laws we live by?

    Would you rather live knowing that the law is slow to change or would you rather have your lunch be legal to eat when you ordered it but illegal to eat when it arrived at your table?

    Of course, first you have to figure out what Plato's idea of the word "Just" was and then translate that to a modern understanding.

  • Bob
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because the equal, democratic state of Athens had executed Socrates.

    This execution was his proof that decisions could not be made democratically. People with the wisdom to make more just decisions must be given authority, in his opinion.

  • 1 decade ago

    You know, I think when you get right down to it, it was because he needed the philosopher and the philosopher king to be in a special role, superior to the other members of the society.

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  • 1 decade ago

    dunno what plato said

    but all can become co-equal creators

    but there are various degrees of sin

    that probably make for the inequality stuff

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because he's a douche?

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