The cleverest tyrants know that the easiest way for an unjust system to perpetuate itself isn’t to fight, imprison, or kill its freedom fighters, it’s to employ them.

@aral But first you have to make all the other opportunities practically non-existent.

@clacke @aral This is the method: every occupation that may be a threat to the state, if not under it's direct control, must be heavily regulated, and the procedures must be super bureaucratic. So if the persons want to realize themselves, they have the choice to either constantly suffer from all the bureaucracy or work for the state.
This is a particular instance of the general strategy, when the establishment first make everybody poor and miserable, then grant freedom from it to the loyal.

Violence against black activists 

@Gaynebula @aral That just means the US government partly lacks or lacked this insight, or there were other forces than effectiveness affecting their decisions.

Violence against black activists 

@aral historical evidence. In 1970 the new Mexican president, Luis Echeverria, thought that the main threat in Mexico was a Cuban-inspired Marxist revolt. There were two guerrillas operating at the time in the country. His strategy was to pretend to be leftist, to give amnesty and jobs to dissidents, and wage a dirty war against those who wouldn’t accept the jobs

@aral Yes, though this also has the impact of limiting how unjust a system can become. Societies that have avoided violent revolution have generally done so by implementing gradual reform.

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