9.25.2020 – what matters after

what matters after
destruction of human trust
in society
?

What matters after the destruction of human trust in society?

Terror?

Manic suspicion?

Arbitrary injustice?

Yes, yes and yes again.

At least these are the terms used by Max Hastings in his book, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 (Vintage, October 18, 2005)

Mr. Hastings was describing the Soviet Union in 1941.

Mr. Hastings wrote, “Stalin had contrived the destruction of human trust in society now ruled by terror, manic suspicion and arbitrary injustice.”

When I read that the other day it hit how much a democracy needed human trust in society.

I cannot get my arms around why anyone would want to destroy that human trust.

Once that is gone, what else can matter?

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