Why deal with fairly if superior violence will prevail? The thief just takes what he wants and lets violence decide the issue. Might makes right has been the rationale for empire, but it has never been prudent to come right out and say it, so Machiavelli’s professional descendants have concocted a wide range of cover stories over the centuries. Early on, because the Bill of Rights and other factors limited the coercion that the USA could inflict on its citizens, those who ran the USA began refining the art of deluding the masses to unprecedented levels. Anti-sedition laws were too crude a means of control. The art of creating mass delusions became a science during the 20th century, with the rise of the industry, among others.


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