Plato quote about freedom from The Republic - The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
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The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
 Plato, The Republic. copy citation

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Author Plato
Source The Republic
Topic freedom slavery liberty state
Date
Language English
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Note Translated by Benjamin Jowett
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1497/1497-h/1497-h.htm

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“The ruin of oligarchy is the ruin of democracy; the same disease magnified and intensified by liberty overmasters democracy—the truth being that the excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction; and this is the case not only in the seasons and in vegetable and animal life, but above all in forms of government.
True.
The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
Yes, the natural order.
And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty?
As we might expect.
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