It is the total rule of a bloated, anonymously bureaucratic power, not yet irresponsible but already operating outside all conscience, a power grounded in an omnipresent ideological fiction which can rationalize anything without ever having to brush against the truth. Power as the omnipresent monopoly of control, repression and fear; power which makes thought, morality and privacy a state monopoly and so dehumanizes them; power which long since has ceased to be the matter of a group of arbitrary rulers but which, rather, occupies and swallows up everyone so that all should become integrated within it, at least through their silence. No one actually possesses such power, since it is the power itself which possesses everyone; it is a monstrosity which is not guided by humans but which, on the contrary, drags all persons along with its ‘objective’ self-momentum – objective in the sense of being cut off from all human standards, including human reason and hence entirely irrational – to a terrifying unknown future.
Havel, Vaclav (1984) Politics and Conscience. In “Living with Truth.” London and Boston: Faber and faber, p.146-147.