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August 7, 2013

"Mao Tse-Tung was right about power."

Those with the guns have it. Those without do not. The trick is to manoeuvre into possession of the guns, & then a peaceful transition follows.
Those who think the world is governed by ideas cannot know much about it. Nor is it ruled by guns, to be clear: but by the people who hold & are willing to use them — & for as long as the rest of us think they’re still awake. I’m sure that sounds cynical. But power itself is a cynical thing, & we must look to the psychotic dimension of human behaviour for the appeal of holding it. Arab autumn? : Essays in Idleness

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 7, 2013 8:52 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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