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I t w o u l d n e e d to b e e n f o r c e d to p r e v e n t c h a n g e , A strict censorship would ensure that there were n o n e w ideas or innova­ t i o n s . T h e rigid b o u n d a r i e s b e t w e e n t h e t r a d e s a n d t h e s o c i a l c l a s s e s would be policed while population control would prevent changes t h r o u g h n a t u r a l g r o w t h . By d r a w i n g lots, t h e state w o u l d choose b r a v e a n d healthy y o u n g m e n a n d w o m e n to have sexual unions b u t their c h i l d r e n w o u l d b e r e m o v e d to s t a t e n u r s e r i e s .

I t h a s led to w h a t J o h n L i n c o l n calls The Restrictive Society. H e q u o t e s , in his e p i g r a p h , t h e w o r d s o f j . M . K e y n e s : " T h e difficulty lies n o t in t h e n e w i d e a s , b u t in e s c a p i n g from t h e o l d o n e s , w h i c h r a m i f y , for t h o s e b r o u g h t u p a s m o s t of u s h a v e b e e n , i n t o e v e r y c o r n e r of o u r m i n d s . " L i n c o l n finds r e s t r i c t i v e p r a c t i c e s n o t o n l y l u r k i n g in e v e r y c o r n e r of o u r m i n d s , b u t in e v e r y c o r n e r o f society.

W h i t e h e a d h a s " n o h e s i t a t i o n i n d e n o u n c i n g it a s o n e o f t h e m o s t fatal, e r r o n e o u s , a n d d a n g e r o u s c o n c e p t i o n s e v e r i n t r o d u c e d i n t o t h e t h e o r y of e d u c a t i o n . T h e m i n d is n e v e r p a s s i v e ; it is a p e r p e t u a l activity, d e h c a t e , receptive, responsive to stimulus. Y o u c a n n o t post­ p o n e its life u n t i l y o u h a v e s h a r p e n e d it ( p . 9 ) . " ^ ^ ^ P a r t of t h e a p p e a l of P l a t o t h r o u g h o u t t h e a g e s c o m e s f r o m t h e g r e a t a r t i s t r y of h i s w r i t i n g .

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