“None whatever,” I said; “but the very
ground of my complaint is that no polity1 of today is worthy of
the philosophic nature. This is just the cause of its perversion and
alteration; as a foreign seed sown in an alien soil is wont to be overcome
and die out2 into
the native growth,3 so this kind does
not preserve its own quality but falls away and degenerates into an alien
type. But if ever
1κατάστασις=constitution in both
senses. Cf. 414 A, 425 C, 464 A, 493 A, 426 C, 547 B. So also in the
Laws. The word is rare elsewhere in Plato.
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