Had a restless night, featuring a hodgepodge of weird dreams.
The last bit involved some sort of mandatory indoctrination session, in which all were expected to agree with the following:
- Mankind must not be allowed to exercise unbounded power;
- Therefore, one specific man must be granted unbounded power, in order to keep the species in check.
Which, stripped to its essentials like that, is obviously looney. So why do so many people seem to believe it, when the idea is slightly obfuscated, and the generic one specific man is replaced by one actual specific man, or a particular oligarchy?