And so, Glaucon, we have arrived at
the conclusion that in the perfect State wives and children are to be in
common; and that all education and the pursuits of war and peace are also
to be common, and the best philosophers and the bravest warriors are to be
Glaucon, has been acknowledged.
Yes, I said; and we have further
acknowledged that the governors, when appointed themselves, will take
their soldiers and place them in houses such as we were describing, which
are common to all, and contain nothing private, or individual; and about
their property, you remember what we agreed?
Yes, I remember that no one was
to have any of the ordinary possessions of mankind; they were to be
warrior athletes and guardians, receiving from the other citizens, in lieu
of annual payment, only their maintenance, and they were to take care of
themselves and of the whole State.
"The Republic," by Plato