As long as rulers are above the law, citizens have the same type of freedom that slaves had on days when their masters chose not to beat them.
The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.
The wise can often profit by the lessons of a foe, for caution is the mother of safety. It is just such a thing as one will not learn from a friend and which an enemy compels you to know. To begin with, it's the foe and not the friend that taught cities to build high walls, to equip long vessels of war; and it's this knowledge that protects our children, our slaves and our wealth. Well then, I agree, let us first hear them, for that is best; one can even learn something in an enemy's school.
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