This piece about political hatred and injustice came out well.
Cultivating political hatred requires a concerted, calculated effort, expended over an extended period of time. When executed properly, the target of the hate campaign comes to be held up as the perpetrator of all the great crimes of history, all the recent crimes which have happened nearby, all of the recent political reversals of the state, and even the petty personal hurts felt by the ordinary people.
When the state is weak, and the people come to suffer injustice, it’s natural for hatreds to develop among the people. When the laws are muddled, inconsistent, and unjust, injustice goes unpunished, unanswered, and unacknowledged. The people who believe themselves to be wronged then begin to seek justice for themselves, and to persuade other people to accept their competing ideal of justice, because the state is no longer capable of maintaining a set of laws which all the citizens are willing to obey.
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