When I run over in my mind the various commonwealths flourishing today, so help me God, I can see in them nothing but a conspiracy of the rich, who are fattening up their own interests under the name and title of the commonwealth. (2.108)
We're noticing a switch here in Hythloday's tone. Earlier, his attacks on Europe were more indirect, but now, he's directly calling countries out. Which tactic is more effective?