Given what now is taught in our schools, is it any wonder that our leaders today behave like wearers of Gyges' ring
who have not given thought to the questions raised by Socrates in The Republic, or to the connection between the principles of the Declaration of Independence and civil and religious liberty?
Plato's technique of disclosing the tyrant's inner contradictions by reversing constitutive elements of the Oedipus myth is on display in each of Republic's five signature scenes: the story of Gyges' ring, the story of Leontius, the proposed community of wives and children, the allegory of the cave, and the myth of Er.
The story of Gyges' ring, which Glaucon tells Socrates, is this:
His as sumption about the size of society is, I think, a different version of the problem which was demonstrated in one of the famous thought experiment of Plato: Gyges' Ring
Resemblances between Gyges' ring
and the One Ring are discussed in a short article by Robert E.
8] This is a plasticity which readies absurd, even comic, proportions as Socrates tries to answer the challenge of Gyges' ring
by portraying the unified, just city.
By their subjugation of the press, the political powers in America have conferred on themselves the greatest of political blessings -- Gyges' ring