) The first and highest form of the state and of the government and of the law is that in which there prevails most widely the ancient saying, that "Friends have all things in common."
-- Plato, Laws
Again, how immeasurably greater is the pleasure, when a man feels a thing to be his own . . .
-- Aristotle, Politics
From the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophers, politicians and just plain folk have debated the best form of society and the proper role of the state in the lives of its people. For more than a century, advocates of...