The morally upright pushed aside

img_2973Dalrymple writes that in his career, he has

often seen the genuinely gifted and morally upright pushed aside or thwarted by schemers and apparatchiks who viewed their betters with a mixture of fear and hatred.

An apparatchik

is interested in power for its own sake, divorced from purpose though he claims to want it for the good of humanity, but has very sensitive antennae for the power of others. When that power is strong, he retreats; when it shows a weakness, he pounces.

Apparatchiks,

like the Clintons, never forget; their minds are like filing cabinets.

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