On Power, from three of my favorite authors:

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”

–Frank Herbert

“He who lusts for power over others is inherently evil. I trust this requires no great argument in its justification. The evil man, once he has some degree of power, will use it to acquire more, for power is a drug that doesn’t sate. However, the enjoyment of power requires that it be used.”

–Friedrich Hayek

“‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
Winston thought. ‘By making him suffer,’ he said.
‘Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.’”

–George Orwell, 1984


Inside the greatest sci-fi film never made

Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of literature’s greats in the sci/fi genre. In 1975, avant garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on a project to bring the classic book to the silver screen. He and his creative team got as far as storyboarding, but never got financial backing for the movie. The project did deeply influence subsequent films like Star Wars and Alien.

At the link is an interview with David Lynch, who did make a film of Dune in 1985, and some of the fantastic art produced by Jodorowsky’s project.