As whatever crisis looms or grows, the longer we wait, the more violently we will likely end up breaking (and need to break) with our impossible and inutile self-restraint. At some point, if all goes well, we’ll later undergo yet another period of self-exorcism, self-distancing, self-terror, and moral pretense – until the next crisis forces us to admit again that we’re all too human: Overcompensation in one direction will follow overcompensation in the other. In the bloody and smoking ruins of some major American landmark, much less a whole American city, much less of a reign of terror, much less a threatened complete breakdown of law and order, leaders who refuse to act exactly as cruelly, even inhumanely, as the times seem to require, and probably a little more so, will be swept aside and consigned to infamy.