Many men have dreamed of world peace, but none have been able to achieve it. If one man did have that power, could mankind afford to pay the price? [This etext was produced from Amazing Stories, May 1959. There is no evidence that the copyright on this publication was renewed.]
He managed to convince everybody of his altruism, integrity and wisdom," Walter said. "It was almost blasphemous to say anything against him. I really don't understand how it happened...."
"Well, what's he been doing with his power?" Benson asked. "Wise things, or stupid ones?"
"I could be general, and say that he has deprived all of us of our political and other liberties. It is best to be specific," Anthony said. "Gregory?"
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