The essence of an essence of an essence of an essence of an essence of X is the most rareified essence of X — it is called the quintessence.
The defense of the defense of the defense of the defense of the defense of X is the most ramified defense of that thing. It is called the quindefense.
Everything maintains itself by building a defense, but these defenses inevitably cause counter-defenses.
Everything that has an enemy becomes like that enemy in order to defend against it.
Every empire sows the seeds of its own destruction because the power in the center allows for the growth of power along the periphery.
Elites are empires within a state.
Every elite creates a counter-elite.
Every elite is a cartel: of power, ability to reproduce, or information.
When you understand the quindefense of the quintessence you are well on your way towards autarchy.