Whether written compositions are not to be left behind at all; or if they are, by whom? And if the former, what need there is for written compositions? It were certainly ridiculous for one to disapprove of the writing of earnest men, and approve of those, who are not such, engaging in the work of composition.
The word "socialism" often implies two quite different phenomena: A doctrine and an appeal based on it, a program for changing life, and A social structure that exists in time and space. The most obvious examples include Marxism as contained in the "classic" writings of Marx and others and the social structure that exists in the U.
Among the fundamental principles of the state doctrine in these countries is the assertion that the connection between the two phenomena is very simple.
On the one hand, it is asserted, there is a scientific theory which proves that after achieving a definite level in the development of productive forces, mankind will pass over to a new historic formation; this theory points the way to the most rational paths for such a transition.
And on the other hand, we are assured, there is the embodiment of this scientific prognosis, its confirmation. As an example of quite a different point of view we cite H. Wells, who visited Russia in and, though infected by the worship of socialism, fashionable then as now, nevertheless almost instinctively refused to accept Marxism, in this sense reflecting the antipathy toward all scholastic theories typical of an Englishman.
In his book Russia in the Shadows, Wells writes: The state system established as a result is therefore defined and shaped by the necessity of holding power.
Since these tasks are entirely different, the official theory and the actual implementation have nothing in common. It would be incautious to take either of these assertions on faith. On the contrary, it would be desirable, first, to study both "socialisms" independently, without any a priori hypotheses, and only then attempt to come to conclusions about the connections that exist between them.
We shall begin with socialism understood as a doctrine, as an appeal. All such doctrines and as we shall see, there were many of them have a common core--they are based on the complete rejection of the existing social structure.
They call for its destruction and paint a picture of a more just and happy society in which the solution to all the fundamental problems of the times would be found. Furthermore, they propose concrete ways of achieving this goal.
In religious literature such a system of views is referred to as belief in the thousand-year Kingdom of God on earth--chiliasm. Borrowing this terminology, we shall designate the socialist doctrines of this type as "chiliastic socialism.
In doing so, we shall attempt to extract a picture of the future society envisaged, leaving to one side for the moment the motivation as well as the concrete means recommended for achieving the ideal. The first example takes us to Athens in B. Here he depicts a teaching fashionable in the Athens of the time.
The plot is as follows: The women of the city, wearing beards and dressed in men's clothing, come to the assembly and by a majority vote pass a resolution transferring all power in the state to women. They use this power to introduce a series of measures, which are expounded in a dialogue between Praxagora, the leader of the women, and her husband, Blepyros.
Here are several quotations.
Compulsory Universal Community Property is what I propose to propose; across-the-board Economic Equality, to fill those fissures that scar our society's face.
No more the division between Rich and Poor. We'll wear the same clothes, and share the same food. My initial move will be to communalize land, and money, and all other property, personal and real. But take the landless man who's invisibly wealthy He'll deposit it all in the Fund.
I'll knock out walls and remodel the City into one big happy household, where all can come and go as they choose. I'm pooling the women, creating a public hoard for the use of every man who wishes to take them to bed and make babies.
A system like this requires a pretty wise father to know his own children. But why does he need to?PLATO’S SUN SIMILE AND DIVIDED LINE ANALOGY SUN SIMILE 1. The Eye cannot see visible objects such as a Tree without the Sun; analogously, the Mind cannot know the Forms without. Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
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An English translation was subsequently published in by Harper & Row. Plato’s Ship Analogy ‘[H]ow,’ he [Adeimantus] asked, ‘can you possibly say that society’s troubles will never cease until it is ruled by philosophers, if you agree that. A summary of Book VI in Plato's The Republic.
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