Essay on The Separation Of Powers Of The United States

1271 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
vernment is a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central government. It is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the federal courts. The separation of powers, which neither any branch working alone can change the U.S. constitution, is a kind of harmony that is similar to what is described in Plato’s aristocratic regime, where each class minds their own jobs to keep the state functioning. Besides, in my opinion, the current U.S. government is a combination of timocracy, oligarchy and democracy, which of four regime types of Plato.

According to Socrates, in Timoracy, the spiritedness, which is the love of victory and honors, will be predominant. Timoracy honours the rulers while is contemptuous of manual activities and trade; for its rulers, they will eat communally and devote themselves to gymnastics and training for war. Timoracy will be also governed in being afraid to appoint the wise as rulers, instead, selecting “spirited and simpler man, men naturally more directed to war than to peace” (Plato, 547e). Although they will desire money, they will be niggardly of money since they cannot acquire money openly; therefore, they will love to spend others’ money to fulfill their aspirations. Due to attach importance to physical training, they will neglect music education. A timocracy arises from an aristocracy through the unbalance…

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