Plato has a great deal to say about goodness as it relates to government.  Compare his views with those of Lao-tzu (p. 203) and NiccoloMachiavelli (p. 219).  Which of these thinkers would Plato have agreed with most?  In comparing these three writers and their political views, consider the nature of goodness they required in a ruler.  Do you think that we hold similar attitudes today in our expectations for the goodness of our government?