Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
- All Quotes by Joseph Stalin
Know Your Enemy
I recall wanting to read Mein Kampf as a young kid, although to this day I have only read excerpts. I wanted to know what made this guy tick, what his thoughts were. How could someone justify such horrific actions. As I have progressed into adulthood I have only become more and more convinced that books written by psychopath killer dictators should be required reading for every single human being on the planet. In a similar vein, I remember hearing the argument back in high school that people should not read Machiavelli’s The Prince. The argument was that if people read a manual on devious thoughts, and the application of ruthless behavior to achieve one’s selfish ends, that it would permeate society and lead us all into a darker place. As soon as I heard this, of course, the first thing I did was head to the book store to buy it. I recall my reaction to the treatise vividly.
I remember thinking how absolutely asinine the argument for shielding this book from society really was. The conclusion I came to was that anyone with a truly sick, sociopathic mind wouldn’t learn anything from this book. Their minds already intuitively thought that way. Those that could be persuaded to think in that manner as a result of reading such a book were just dangerous sheeple that would sell their souls to work with a sick system. They would end up doing so anyway. Those people don’t scare me so much as the naturally devious mind does. They can be easily outmaneuvered by smarter men and women. If I am correct, then the worst possible thing we can do as a society is to pretend that this extremely small percentage of the population doesn’t exist or pose a threat to us in our everyday lives (please read my related article here). I think that most of the population of the United States (aka Disneyland) has been duped into thinking that somehow the Hitler or Stalin personalities of the world no longer exist! That somehow they just disappeared from the earth after World War 2, or more importantly, if they exist they are in some remote African country or Middle Eastern nation that just conveniently happens to have oil!
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