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Sun Nov 22, 2015, 04:23 PM

29. I used to teach government, and I had an exercise:

 


Put 100 people in a bolt-locked room. Now, what number of people are required to take over?

Most started with 50+.

But then, the number began to drop, and the immortal question of the great political theorist Chubby Checker came to bear: "How low can you go?"

When the nmber dropped to single digits, students began to look less at the bawling, nut-grabbing bully-boys, and more at themselves. Authoritarians cannot operate well unless there is a concommitant acquiescence to, ignorance of, attraction to the mere trappings of power. Most folks want to work their fields, file their reports, engross themselves in a smart phone, raise their kids.

That's when the number starts dropping.

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