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[564e] tolerates1 no dissent, so that everything with slight exceptions is administered by that class in such a state.” “Quite so,” he said. “And so from time to time there emerges or is secreted from the multitude another group of this sort.” “What sort?” he said. “When all are pursuing wealth the most orderly and thrifty natures for the most part become the richest.” “It is likely.” “Then they are the most abundant supply of honey for the drones, and it is the easiest to extract.2” “Why, yes,” he said, “how could one squeeze it out of those who have little?” “The capitalistic3 class is, I take it, the name by which they are designated—the pasture of the drones.” “Pretty much so,” he said.

1 ἀνέχεται cf. Isoc. viii. 14ὅτι δημοκρατίας οὔσης οὐκ ἔστι παρρησία, etc. For the word cf. Aristoph.Acharn. 305οὐκ ἀνασχήσομαι, Wasps 1337.

2 For βλίττεται cf. Blaydes on Aristoph.Knights 794.

3 That is the significance of πλούσιοι here, lit. “the rich.”

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