Abusers typically, in the moment they are exercising their power, believe themselves to be the victims. The Nazis feared the Jews, the slaveholders feared the slaves, rapists feel humiliated and controlled by short skirts. There's something much scarier about this detachment from reality than there would be in mere cynical political manipulation. The most dangerous people in the world are the powerful caught in a fever dream of victimhood.
Thoughts? I'm not sure it's scarier, but that's because I have trouble comparing infinities.
ETA: via leahbobet.
I always forget to do that, sorry; my lj-foo is still weak.