Costs and Benefits
For what wage will the best men will rule in their cities?
They can’t be persuaded by money, obviously, or the allure of power. But they have sometimes yielded to the compulsion of a certain counter-wage–the penalty decreed for them by some shrewd lawmaker of old, should they shirk office: If they will not rule themselves, then lesser men will rule them.
This and more, coming soon to a Plato’s Republic near you.
Thesis: The dialogue is not about justice so much as anagke (necessity, fate, compulsion) and how hard, costly, and dangerous is the road toward the good.