Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun–Mao

The desire for power grows out of the darkest places within us. At best it grows out of the belief that we know what is right and that it is our duty to act on this knowledge. Here’s the thing: power does not corrupt, it merely removes our constraints. Once these constraints are removed, our personal demons, those dark parts of ourselves we refuse to acknowledge are free to act. They are free to act because we cannot or will not see their actions. And when the results of their actions finally become impossible to ignore, we rationalize them away.

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