Alan Watts Says: “What is government? Government is the boot. The boot steps here and there, careful to avoid a blade of grass, to nurture it, coddle it, water it. The boot spots a snail heading toward its grass – slowly, surely. The boot smashes down on the snail and twists and laughs at its squelching noises, its last grasp for breath. The boot seeks a new snail – heading slowly toward the blade, sometimes simply minding its own business entirely – and smashes it too, like the first. The boot goes on and on – smashing, twisting, smashing, twisting – until finally it tires too of the blade of grass. The boot stops for only a moment and twists itself back down toward these carcasses lying about its yard. ‘How sad,’ it says to itself, ‘that some otherworldly spirit, possessing me, could do this!’ It goes to take a step, lets down onto the ground, and feels a dead snail. It instantly picks itself up, feeling proud – not that it will not stomp the snails in the future, but that it at least is starting to feel remorse for their deaths. It smashes the shells and bodies of hundreds of thousands of millions of snails, only to understand its weakness as originating from someplace else entirely; and then it has the audacity to smash even more.”

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