The Power to Bore

More Clive James. This is from a chapter on Albert Camus:

Camus was among the first—almost as early as Orwell—to realize that the totalitarian overlord’s power to bore was a cherished and necessary component of his repressive apparatus. Droning on without contradiction was a proof of omnipotence, Stalin had already proved it with his grinding speeches to the Presidium: speeches which had to be applauded at the end of each bromide, and for which the applause at the end had to be endless.

There’s no greater power than the power to bore and force the victims to feign interest. That’s precisely why the endless woke communiques we are getting at work are so soporific.

On the other hand, the attention you get from people who don’t have to give it is precious. Thank you for reading!

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