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[715a] when it justifies the right of might.”

Clinias
Yes, that is what was said then.

Athenian
Consider now, to which class of men should we entrust our State. For the condition referred to is one that has already occurred in States thousands of times.

Clinias
What condition?

Athenian
Where offices of rule are open to contest, the victors in the contest monopolize power in the State so completely that they offer not the smallest share in office to the vanquished party or their descendants; and each party keeps a watchful eye on the other,

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