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[268c] when we pick him out alone as herdsman and tender of the human herd, while countless others dispute his claim?

Younger Socrates
It cannot possibly be right.

We suspected a little while ago that although we might be outlining a sort of kingly shape we had not yet perfected an accurate portrait of the statesman, and could not do so until, by removing those who crowd about him and contend with him for a share in his herdsmanship, we separated him from them and made him stand forth alone and uncontaminated. Was our fear justified?

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