Now clearly, in the republic as in any society, the governing bodies must attempt to somehow stop the pieces of that societal machine from straying from the course of their jobs. In most societies this is done through a system of laws and punishments. In the republic, however, this is done through the censorship of art and literature. Ostensibly, if the people are not exposed to something or are unaware of something, that thing will never come up. This leads Plato to have the concept of censoring a...
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..., in fact, result in a horrendous cascade of logic leading to a degeneration of order and morality and eventually ending with a tragic loss of humanity. The reasons for this are simple. Firstly, the censorship of art is nothing more than the censorship of ideas that are both spontaneous AND inherent to the people themselves. Thus, censorship is useless. Secondly, the censorship of art removes means of expression and release and will result in the occurrence of these negative acts on a more regular basis. Thirdly, and most importantly, the children, with no foil to the good in their lives, will not know bad and thus will not have any proclivity to follow a given moral code. To them, there will be no morality, only good. Thus, the censorship of art, unto itself, will cause the negative effects mentioned above. This is why the censorship of art will ruin the republic.
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