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And the tyrant, if he means to rule, must get rid of them;
he cannot stop while he has a friend or an enemy who is
good for anything.

He cannot.

And therefore he must look about him and see who is val-
iant, who is high-minded, who is wise, who is wealthy; happy
man, he is the enemy of them all, and must seek occasion
against them whether he will or no, until he has made a pur-
gation of the State.

Yes, he said, and a rare purgation.

Yes, I said, not the sort of purgation which the physicians
make of the body; for they take away the worse and leave
the better part, but he does the reverse.

If he is to rule, I suppose that he cannot help himself.

What a blessed alternative, I said: to be compelled to
dwell only with the many bad, and to be by them hated, or
not to live at all!

Yes, that is the alternative.

And the more detestable his actions are to the citizens the
more satellites and the greater devotion in them will he re-
quire?

Certainly.

And who are the devoted band, and where will he procure
them?

They will flock to him, he said, of their own accord, if he
pays them.

By the dog! I said, here are more drones, of every sort
and from every land.

Yes, he said, there are.

But will he not desire to get them on the spot?

How do you mean?

He will rob the citizens of their slaves; he will then set
them free and enrol them in his body-guard.

To be sure, he said; and he will be able to trust them best
of all.

What a blessed creature, I said, must this tyrant be; he
has put to death the others and has these for his trusted friends.

Yes, he said; they are quite of his sort.

Yes, I said, and these are the new citizens whom he has
called into existence, who admire him and are his companions,
while the good hate and avoid him.

Of course.

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