But be Lenin as he may, whether Sally does Solly or Solly does Sally, whether power is
inherited, autocratic, bureaucratic, meritocratic, kleptocratic, democratically legitimated,
divinely ordained or obtained by gross bodily harm, power is forever both ephemeral and
shared. In war, as in peace, all governments share power; and they all pray endlessly that it
lasts until tomorrow, just as an atheistic Karoo farmer prays for rain. When shall come the
storm? The question “when?” destroys politics just as it destroys economics.