On the other hand, there is something in the psychology and structure of military hierarchy the…
S. Nightingale

I agree with what you’re saying and I think your views correspond well with Tolstoy’s thinking — especially as he grew older. In The Kingdom of God Is Within You, he wrote about the danger of universal military conscription and the changes it forced upon men (Tolstoy referred to this as “stupefaction ” among other things). Most importantly, he detailed a system of plausible deniability existing between judges, police, military, government officials, the church and others which facilitated inhumane interaction between people. This concept is illustrated perfectly by your reference to mask wearing police.

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