Plato and Wealth

d64d075a9e8a8782f57433d69c84e6be… neither harsh poverty nor wealth should exist among any of the citizens. For both these conditions breed both civil war and faction. It follows, therefore, that the lawgiver must announce a limit for both conditions. So let the limit of poverty be the value of the allotment, which must be maintained, and which no magistrate, and none of the others who desires to be honored for virtue, should ever allow to be diminished in the case of anyone. Taking this as the measure, the lawgiver will allow citizens to acquire twice again, and three times again, and up to four times again this amount–by finding something or by being given something, or by money-making, or some other such stroke of luck–let him dedicate the surplus to the city” – Plato


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