Maintaining the tradition

Another episode of the ’40s program Passing Parade offers another useful historical parallel. I wish more episodes had been preserved, but I have to thank the blessed preservers for the few we’ve got.

This episode tells the story of Francois Villon. He was a vicious psychopath who used his tremendous creative skills to write poetry and design tortures and murders and robberies.

When he was caught, the authorities used torture on him. The police in the 1400s had their own torture skills, not as viciously original as Villon’s, but well practiced and well equipped. They used torture routinely, and in 95% of the cases it was criminally unjust. For Villon it was perfectly justified.

The important point: The police followed the universal Psychopath Reprieve Rule. After a week on the rack, they gave Villon a couple months to recover and forget, so the next session would start from baseline again. Torturers understand neurology.

Modern governors and presidents and MDs (Mengele Demons) know this rule well. After a year of ballgags and needles, the victims get a two-month break. The next time a break is announced (like right now) the victims know that they are not free; they know something even more horrible is coming after the reprieve.

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