When the state breaks a man

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June 19, 2011
by William Norman Grigg  
Posted in Commentary

"'How much does the State weigh?' Josef Stalin asked an underling who had been ordered to extract a confession from an enemy of his regime. Stalin understood that, given enough time, agents of State-sanctioned cruelty can break any man. Thomas J. Ball, who committed suicide by self-immolation on the steps of New Hampshire's Cheshire County Courthouse on June 15, was a man who had been broken by the State." (06/20/11)


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