ableist slur in quote / critique of ableism in critiques of power
Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power.
- God Emperor of Dune
I used to like this quote, but there is nothing irrational (or tied to mental illness) about those who seek power. Within a hierarchical system anyone seeking power for its own sake are actually acting with a deadly rationality. It is an indictment of the system of power accumulation moreso than the individual that by operating purely within its logic you arrive at oppressive regimes. An individual buying fully into the system in spite of better judgement is a lesser evil than the system, but only barely. They still must have along the way ignored alternative logics of their relationship to other beings and rejected them, deeming absolute authority more important than anything else. So when the system exists, it still attracts a certain nasty kind of person after they filter through alternative approaches to life.
I do still occasionally see this kind of "power attracts the *ableist terms*" shit in anarchist media, so in case you needed a reminder: stop.
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