“I deplore brutality”, he said. “It’s not efficient. On the other hand, prolonged mistreatment, short of physical violence, gives rise, when skillfully applied, to anxiety and a feeling of special guilt. A few rules or rather guiding principles are to be borne in mind. The subject must not realize the mistreatment is a deliberate attack of an anti-human on his personal identity. He must be made to feel that he deserves any treatment he receives because there is something (never specified) horribly wrong with him. The naked need of the control addicts must be decently covered by an arbitrary and intricate bureaucracy so that the subject cannot contact his enemy direct.” – from Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

The control addict is driven by fear. And people will do the most monstrous things to other humans when driven by fear as long as they can do it second or third hand (using intermediaries – government of course being a perennial favorite).

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What you have to watch out for is the time when the mistreated no longer feel guilty. Worse if they feel wronged. There will be hell to pay.