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Unformatted text preview: and more discontented with the aristocracy which gradually laid the foundation for tyranny. When citizens are displeased with their current government it is not that hard to manipulate them into following your cause or revolting. The Spartan state never achieved the aristocratic ideal because the citizens as a whole were never content with their leaders. If the ideal were to work, then everyone would be able to agree on who the best is. The flaw in the aristocratic ideal was not the idea of rule by the best, this was indeed a revolutionary idea and would have created a utopian society (had it not been for the flaws of course). The problem came from agreeing on whom was the best, and that problem can never be done away with while everyone has their own beliefs and opinions....
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- Fall '07