Essay heading: Noble Simplicity to the City of Luxury

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This also means that they will need to create a marketplace and currency to buy goods, but only goods that are needed by the city; nothing that is considered a luxury, for luxury brings greed and war. Finally there are the wage earners. Although seeming a bit like slaves, these people minds alone wouldn’t qualify them for a place in the city but they are strong enough to be used as labor, which they would be paid for...
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It is very simple and ideal and doesn’t take into consideration natural aspects of human nature such as the desire for luxury and a better life rather than the simple life of the bear minimum. This is where Glaucon starts to disagree with Socrates. He believes that “if they aren’t to suffer hardship, they should recline on proper couches, dine at a table, and have the delicacies and deserts that people have now and days” (372d-e)...
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