Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thought of the Day VII

Apropos my previous post on torture:

"We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.  Power is not a means; it is an end.  One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.  The object of persecution is persecution.  The object of torture is torture.  The object of power is power."

-O'Brien to Winston Smith in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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