UNABOMBER: THE POWER OF PARANOIA

TERROR BEGETS TERROR, FEAR BEGETS FEAR--UNTIL THE HYSTERIA EXHAUSTS ITSELF. HAVE WE REACHED THE END OF THIS CYCLE?

STALIN'S DINNERS IN THE KREMLIN went on all night. he would sit at a long table and force his ministers and cronies to drink, hour after hour, while he plotted and probed and flattered and terrified them. At dawn, when their brains were numb with fear and vodka and confusion, the NKVD might lead one or two of the men away, without explanation, to be shot. That was the physics of paranoia under laboratory conditions: for every action, an opposite (if, in the Kremlin, somewhat unequal) reaction. Paranoia induces paranoia. Stalin refracted violent fear through alcohol, then presided over a reciprocal...

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