One, the power to decide good and evil.
Two, the power over life and death.
These are the two greatest technologies in existence. The government has both of them. The average citizen can decide good and evil (if he wants), but he cannot enforce his decisions; the USG does not permit him to.
Cops and soldiers are an interesting case. They have the power over life, but they can’t decide right and wrong. That, they have to get from will of their masters, the USG.
One day, upon retirement, the USG takes the power over life and death BACK from the soldiers and cops. This is very traumatic. Because of their training, they lose the ability to think for themselves for long periods. Many will actually kill themselves just to have the power over life one final time.
There are no legal revolutions. The first thing those who obtain power do is close the door behind them and lock it tight.
This is the giant shit test. Why is it just for the USG to kill innocent civilians, but not just for an ordinary person to do so? All of the great killings and genocides of their world were government-backed. America has killed 20 million people since the end of WW2, more than any other nation – more than the Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and Saddam Hussein combined.
Deciding what is right and wrong and having the power over life and death has a name: playing God. The USG has the power of God. It seems the gods are jealous, and would like to restrict their own number. A power is valuable as it is rare.