Discussion in 'Politics' started by ihopehefails, Feb 16, 2010.
Has anyone ever read about the Greeks and Plato's contribution to socialism?
IMHO the world was just a bit different when Plato wrote The Republic and the Greeks during the time of Plato weren't operating under anything that could even be remotely construed as socialism. If Plato were around today I seriously doubt he would approve of the modern concept of socialism nor would Thomas Moore (also cited occasionally for his "contributions" to socialism via Utopia ) since both were engaging in flights of fancy based on the times in which they found themselves while writing their most notable works and both knew it.
Crediting Plato with "contributions" to modern socialism is like crediting the caveman who first learned to tame fire with "contributions" to the development of the atomic bomb.
the real question here is have you ever read anything that Plato wrote.... or for that matter anything any Greek wrote my big fat Greek troll?
No. THat is why I asked on the board. My question is if you can read since I clearly stated a question in the OP which implies I don't know what Plato wrote.
The aspects of "socialism" which could have been found among the Greeks were found at the lowest levels; extended families and small villages where people helped each other out. Which is fairly typical of all pre-modern societies.
Ummmm... that's fairly typical in MODERN societies as well.
I wouldn't worry about it ihopehefails, IMHO you asked a good question in your OP, nothing wrong with it.
Perhaps I was unclear - the ONLY aspects of Greek society which were even vaguely socialist were those in the lowest levels. As your post should make clear, reading anything more than a nigh universal willingness to help your kin and neighbors is ludicrous.
Interestingly the current greeks are near communist, and are completly bankrupt.
I understand where you're coming from, makes sense.
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