In uncontrolled situations, extremes win. The most rotten guy succeeds. That is the message of Mao as described by Jung Chang. Without controls, society will trend toward the worst imaginable behavior. Take as example, Zardad’s dog. Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, an Afghan warlord, was convicted in the Old Bailey for what amount to war crimes. It’s very complex, but the guy controlled a psychopath named Abdullah Shah, an Afghan man described as a berserk version of Hagrid. He used Shah to intimidate travelers through his "domain" and collect tolls.
The real question is not how bad it can get, but rather, why does civilization exist? Why is it that we have succeeded against tyrants and thugs where others can’t? Is it just superior firepower? The US government wins against Al Capone because we can outshoot him? What about Nixon, he had the guns? Did he step down because he lacked ambition?
7/19/2005 1:07 PM