Clowns to the left of me, secret police to the right

We find that low‐achieving officers were stuck within the regime hierarchy, threatened with discharge, and thus more likely to join the secret police for future benefits. The study demonstrates how state bureaucracies breed mundane career concerns that produce willing enforcers and cement violent regimes.

–Why Underachievers Dominate Secret Police Organizations: Evidence from Autocratic Argentina

I had this math teacher who’d staple McDonald’s job applications to flunked tests–you fucked up big time Mrs. McCarthy! Those dudes are gestapo now!

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