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[550d] and the poor man is excluded.” “I understand,” said he. “Then, is not the first thing to speak of how democracy passes over into this?” “Yes.” “And truly,” said I, “the manner of the change is plain even to the proverbial blind man.1” “How so?” “That treasure-house2 which each possesses filled with gold destroys that polity; for first they invent ways of expenditure for themselves and pervert the laws to this end,

1 Cf. 465 D, Soph. 241 D.

2 Cf. 548 A, 416 D.

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