[W]hile violence can destroy power, it can never become a substitute for it. From this results the by…

[W]hile violence can destroy power, it can never become a substitute for it. From this results the by no means infrequent political combination of force and powerlessness, an array of impotent forces that spend themselves, often spectacularly and vehemently but in utter futility, leaving behind neither monuments nor stories, hardly enough memory to enter into history at all. In historical experience and traditional theory this combination, even if it is not recognized as such, is known as tyranny, and the time honored fear of this form of government is not exclusively inspired by its cruelty, which–as the long series of benevolent tyrants and enlightened despots attests–is not among its inevitable features, but by the impotence and futility to which it condemns the rulers as well as the ruled

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