By Alex Mozell
“The worst crimes are not always the punishable ones.”1
George Orwell was an esteemed writer, political philosopher, socialist, and critic, who braved the Luftwaffe hellfire and joined the armed resistance against Franco’s rise to power. He hated dictatorship in all forms, from dogmatic fascism in the West to the dehumanizing communism of the East. He wrote against totalitarianism, and in his novel, 1984, imagined a world in which thoughts were punishable by death, while “vaporizing” political dissenters was not only legal, but official policy.
Indeed, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And those with power use it to legalize their corruption. Their touch reaches far, scores of people harmed by their maneuvering. Ultimately, corruption is a parasite, stealing much from the masses, and enriching only a few. Of course, there are horrible people everywhere, who roam the streets, stealing, destroying property, or murdering, but they rarely hold political sway, and so their crimes are reviled and punished – and very rightfully so.