try to enslave
other cities unjustly, have them enslaved and hold many of them in
subjection.” “Certainly,” he said;
“and this is what the best state will chiefly do, the state whose
injustice is most complete.” “I understand,” I
said, “that this was your view. But the point that I am
considering is this, whether the city that thus shows itself superior to
another will have this power without justice or whether she must of
necessity combine it with justice.”
Plato. Plato in Twelve Volumes, Vols. 5 & 6 translated by Paul Shorey. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1969.
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