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[807b] to fall a prey to another beast—one of those which are worn to skin and bone through toil hardily endured. Now it is probable that if we look to find this state of leisure fully realized exactly as described, we shall be disappointed, so long as women and children and houses remain private, and all these things are established as the private property of individuals; but if the second-best State,1 as now described,

1 i.e. the (Magnesian) State described in the Laws, in contrast to the Ideal (communistic) State of the Republic.

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