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[555b] and the oligarchical state?” “None,” he said.

“We have next to consider, it seems, the origin and nature of democracy, that we may next learn the character of that type of man and range him beside the others for our judgement.1” “That would at least be a consistent procedure.” “Then,” said I, “is not the transition from oligarchy to democracy effected in some such way as this—by the insatiate greed for that which it set before itself as the good,2 the attainment of the greatest possible wealth?”

1 Cf. Phileb. 55 Cεἰς τὴν κρίσιν, Laws 856 C, 943 C.

2 The σκοπός or ὅρος. Cf. on 551 A, p. 263, note e, and Aristot.Eth. Nic. 1094 a 2.

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