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The most evil of pronouns is we. We is an imperative deep in our genes. We is the community, the home group, familiar and trustworthy. We love we. We is belonging. We comforts and exalts. We is privilege, white or black; or any line dividing an us and a them. We is complicity with proxy brutality against strangers and cherry-picks gods to worship for absolution. We is the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled. We is the origin of Untermensch. We is the root of all evil.

Yevgeny Zamiatin

"The only things that matter in the ongoing relationship of the citizen and the government is time and the law. Government has a monopoly on legal violence. Government makes law, from time to time. Legislation as it is created, deleted, or amended is the only meaningful focus for the public conversation, because these are the inarguable rules that define your life."

Benjamin Disraeli

There are many different flavours of duopoly, some meaningful, some merely two cheeks of the same oligarchy arse. Over decades, politics and power centralizes at the top and, in democracies, evolves concurrently to subordinate suffrage to the needs of stable continuity - by polarizing electorate into opposing echo chambers kept busy chasing a public conversation driven by the appearance of distinct opposing blocs (parties). Team politics. Identity politics. Orthodox legitimacy over heterodox insurgency. Democracy becomes a pressure valve, a litmus for improved crowd control by permanent ruling elites rather than a crucible for testing competing ideas that might best serve the needs of the people. Perhaps, like communism leads ultimately to totalitarian despotism, corporate capture may be the inevitable coda for neoliberal monopoly capitalism. Contemporary western society certainly bears out the analysis.

Christopher Clark

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