“He will rightly affirm that.” “Consider
then,” said I, “whether, if that is to be their
character, their habitations and ways of life must not be something after
this fashion. In the first place, none must possess any private
property1 save the indispensable. Secondly,
none must have any habitation or treasure-house which is not open for all to
enter at will. Their food, in such quantities as are needful for athletes of
war2 sober and brave,
1 Plato's communism is primarily
a device to secure disinterestedness in the ruling class, though he
sometimes treats it as a counsel of perfection for all men and states.
Cf. Introduction p. xv note a.
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