A joke by MM that turned into a rant that turned into an interesting project idea.
Aeoli Pera says…Basic bitch: If people don’t fear you they’ll treat you as they please. If people don’t love you they’ll just ignore you. One thing that pleases people is power, the boundaries of which are tested and reinforced by escalating infractions and then abuses (ref. children, shit testing, minority grievance politics, etc.). Therefore, Machiavelli was right that it’s far better to be feared if you have to choose one or the other.