Dictators are Not Crazy

Glenn Beck says that diabolical leaders of brutal socialist regimes like Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot were insane. He pronounces the word with emphasis.

That gives them too much credit, a cover for their cruelty. They were not insane. They were methodical, organized, hard-working, and effective. They were above all, benevolent, or so they thought. They intended a just society, an egalitarian society, a superior society.

We are wise when we view government blandishments suspiciously. Putative generosity leads sometimes to the gas chamber, the gulag, the disapora, to political executions, to purges, to mass starvation, to incalculable loss.

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