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[339e] “Then you will have to think,”1 I said, “that to do what is disadvantageous to the rulers and the stronger has been admitted by you to be just in the case when the rulers unwittingly enjoin what is bad for themselves, while you affirm that it is just for the others to do what they enjoined. In that way does not this conclusion inevitably follow, my most sapient2 Thrasymachus, that it is just to do the very opposite3 of what you say? For it is in that case surely the disadvantage of the stronger or superior that the inferior

1 Socrates is himself a little rude.

2 Cf. Gorgias 495 D.

3 Cf. Laches 215 E, Phaedo 62 E.

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