Socrates’ pseudo-city skirts the real problem he has set for himself in seeking to make a city of men who disagree about the gods. The four fundamental laws that are to govern the city – do the gods will these laws, or not?
If so, the city is enforcing the laws of the gods – some of them, at least. This is precisely what it is not supposed to do.
But if the gods do not will the laws of this city, the laws are both immoral and tyrannous. They are immoral because they are not the will of the gods. They are tyrannous because they will be enforced, with violence when necessary, upon citizens who do not view them as the will of the gods.
If the gods will the laws of the pseudo-city, Law 3 is violated. If they do not, Law 2 is violated.
Instead, I defend a different vision of the liberal order – one based on a monstrous assumption about the gods.
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