Plato Vs Rousseau Research Paper

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Plato: As I mentioned earlier, I do not think democracy is a good form of government, and neither is tyranny.

Rousseau: Least favorable would be a democratic government. Plato, is the only reason why you think democracy is a bad form of government because of the death of Socrates?

Plato: No, there is more to my disliking. It is a type of government where people seek to please their unnecessary appetites. Besides monarchies and aristocracies, all other types of government are not virtuous, and therefore not just. In addition, a democracy has no order and no education. This would mean that everyone in the society would have to be as good as anyone else. This is similar to your definition of democracy, except I do understand your differentiation between
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Power in my ideal society involves government consolidating to fewer people eventually.

Plato: Would there be no such comparison to the guardians I have in my ideal society with your notion of an ideal society? It seems like we do have some similarities.

Rousseau: Actually, there would be a few comparisons. In my ideal society, there would be a legislator that is an expert at making laws, and would assist people in deciding laws. This however, would not change anything about general will, since the decision of the majority is always right. There would be a tribuneship that mediates people, government, and laws. Also, a censor who would be a minister of public opinion. What similarities do you see between our two societies?

Plato: We both have an aspect of enforcement of laws, and that whoever is making the laws, make the laws for the betterment of the entire society. We do differ on how these laws are thought of and actually put into society. I am curious though, why would it be negative if an elected aristocracy to make laws for the people. They are elected by the people, so wouldn’t they generally reflect the general will of

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