I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
-John Stuart Mill
Happy Birthday to John Stuart Mill, philosopher of liberty and the most important English philosopher of the Nineteenth Century.
What makes an ideal society? Humanity has been struggling with how to answer that question for several millennium and we’ll continue to answer it for many more in all likelihood. When the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara appear in the 28th century (the first story line of the show explicitly set in the future) they are accosted by the Sensorites in the serial The Sensorites. Eventually the Doctor, Susan and Ian are taken down to the Sense Sphere, the Sensorite planet. There they meet the First Elder; his second in command, the Second Elder; and the City Administrator. They also meet several soldiers that serve these elders. They also here about the common people, who were born into their lot. Sensorite society mirrors one of the ideal societies laid out by Plato millennium ago in his dialogue The Republic.
Here we see the leaders of Sensorite society: the First Elder (two sashes), the Second Elder (one sash) and the City Administrator (collar). Sensorite society is known for its rigid class system with three distinct divisions between the classes. The lowest class is that of traders, merchants and artisans. The middle class is that of the warriors. The highest class is that of the political leadership. This class distinction mirrors that of Plato’s Republic. Tomorrow we’ll examine the justification behind this three part system that Plato gives in his Republic.