Butler Shaffer (in 2010)

ALL political systems – are grounded in the unprincipled use of violence. Their machinations – while outwardly cloaked in the language of ‘public interest’ – very quickly erupt into the self-serving violence dramatized so effectively in the Godfather films. When their special interests are threatened, such as by most members of the public no longer buying into their racket, they have the legalized force – and the willingness to exert it – to resort to whatever desperate measures they deem necessary.