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Throughout history many scholars have attempted to develop the perfect governing body Three of these major scholars Plato Jefferson and Aristotle have had a great impact on our government The most influential of the three on contemporary US society is Jefferson In contemporary US society the individual comes first Individual rights have been promoted throughout our history The ruling party has been used to enforce these rights Occasionally the state is placed before the individual -- Welfare Social Security and Medicare are programs promoting the responsibilities of the government The US Social Philosophy today adopts aspects from Plato Jefferson and Aristotle It is hard to say one or the other is more viable We have republicans and we have democrats If our country cannot make up its mind how can we pin our society on one way of thinking Plato Jefferson and Aristotle all knew what they wanted in contemporary US society all three scholars are relevant but Jeffersons is predominant Plato places the state ahead of the individuals He believes that the group as a whole is more important than an individual person If the individual does his part to make the state work then the individual will be happy Plato was ahead of his time because he was able to acknowledge that a one-man government would not work Legislators should convince the citizens that they should think of what is best for the state not what is best for themselves as individuals Plato 322 The reason this philosophy would not work in contemporary US society is that the US citizen does not want to work hard to support the families of people who drink too much and do not go to work In addition Plato says Legislators should not have as good a life as a statesman therefore they will not covet office and will be doing it for the good of the state Plato 323 This is also not viable in contemporary
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