Does Plato have much to tell us about Donald Trump?

I’ve seen this short Newsnight film about what Plato could teach us about Donald Trump shared widely and it’s worth a look. It is very good and draws some stinging conclusions, but it also has quite a serious flaw for anyone who wants to apply these observations to modern liberal democracies.

We have not maximised equality as this clip claims. I don’t mean ‘equality of opportunity’ or ‘equality of outcome’ but democratic equality, and – if anything – this is getting worse. Wealthy purposeful groups can substitute money for political activism. Our puny vote has never been as weak in comparison to the power of people who can hire lobbyists as it is today.

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