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The role of police and military in society may be idolized by authoritarians, but the real focus of the authoritarian's devotion is the locus of power that the military represents. Authoritarians worship the power of guns and ammunition, and, in line with their paranoia, they strongly support the right of citizens to arm themselves. As a result, they typically oppose the control of handguns or any kinds of firearms. They support the use of any and all weapons in war. They are first to advocate the use of nuclear weapons ("Singe the treetops" in Vietnam, "Nuke the Ayatollah"), and the first to cry for the increase of military budgets at the expense of domestic or humanistic priorities. They often revel in war stories, whether from books or films or from their own lives, when they may have participated in war as combat troops or in any other way. To the authoritarian, the glorification of war as evidence of a nation's power is more important than denouncing war as evidence of humanity's having reached its lowest possible level in its efforts toward resolving its disputes. (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Sky's The Limit, p. 92-3) 9 March 2013
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