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Is Plato a communist or a socialist Does the Republic reflect his belief that the state should be more important or take on a higher position in priority lists than the individuals needs and wants The Republic by Plato is centered around one point justice In order to define justice Plato has to first define what a just or ideal state is and it is through the process of defining of the ideal state and what is just that one is able to see a clear definition of Platos beliefs on the individual and on the state So was Platos view of an ideal state actually a socialist state I believe it was very much like a socialist state The question at the center of the Republic is whether it is better to live justly or unjustly To answer this question Plato first describes his ideal city His ideal city includes guardians auxiliaries and tradesman In Platos view every person has a certain talent that they are good at and they should pursue this talent from the end of their education through their death The citys leaders are chosen based on the educational system and how well each child does in the program The city is just and ideal because everyone winds up doing the jobs that best suit their innate abilities--the guardians lead the auxiliaries fight and the rest of the people work Plato or Socrates who is actually defining the ideal state through a debate begins the argument by pointing out two things first that there should be three divisions within the state the guardians the farmers or craftsmen and the auxiliaries and second that there are several basic human needs like food shelter and clothing In the ideal state these will be provided for and taken care of if everyone is doing their proper jobs Plato bases his divisions on the needs of the state and on the principle of specialization We
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