The deterioration of democracy

Dakrua Mouson

“And now,” said I, “the fairest polity and the fairest man remain for us to describe, the tyranny and the tyrant.”
“Certainly,” he said.
“Come then, tell me, dear friend, how tyranny arises. That it is an outgrowth of democracy is fairly plain.”
“Yes, plain.”
“Is it, then, in a sense, in the same way in which democracy arises out of oligarchy that tyranny arises from democracy?”
[562b] “How is that?”
“The good that they proposed to themselves and that was the cause of the establishment of oligarchy—it was wealth, was it not?”
“Yes.”
“Well, then, the insatiate lust for wealth and the neglect of everything else for the sake of money-making was the cause of its undoing.”
“True,” he said.
“And is not the avidity of democracy for that which is its definition and criterion of good the thing which dissolves it too?”
“What do you say…

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