I think this is precisely the sort of displacement Santayana had in mind – means overwhelming ends, rhetoric taking over and trapping the fanatic in a position where the harm he was originally reacting against is forgotten. Instead the language of revelation, virtue, sin, purity, corruption, and redemption dominates. RMS parodies this aspect of his own propaganda when he presents himself as “St. Ignucious”, but the parody does not banish the fact that he is in fact living the role of ascetic holy man bent on purging sin from the world.
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