Thievery is a hallmark of government, inherent, unalterable. Politicians and bureaucrats always steal their victims’ property, whether through inflation, taxation, or outright robbery (euphemized as “confiscation”), either for their own aggrandizement or to suborn the serfs lest they protest such immorality rather than plead for more.
But there’s a special brand of dictatorship that destroys property instead of stealing it. These savages seem particularly incensed at art, culture, anything intellectual, sophisticated or refined. And they gleefully attack such. Who can forget the Nazis’ burning of books? Or the TSA’s* demolition of musical instruments: “…shortly after 9/11, [renowned Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman’s Steinway] was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the TSA decided to take no chances and destroyed the instrument.” Yes. A Steinway. Which Mr. Zimerman had modified himself.
In case anyone still doubts the TSA’s unspeakable barbarity, it has now broken “a rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to [cellist] Alban Gerhardt … In what the cellist called ‘an act of brutal and careless behaviour’, the bow stick … was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case’s contents.”
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