Dosadi ExperimentJustice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.
We have created a monster--enormously valuable and even useful yet
extremely dangerous. Our monster is both beautiful and terrifying. We do not
dear use this monster to its full potential, but we cannot release our grasp
--Gowachin assessment of the Dosadi experiment
How to state a war? Nurture your own latent hungers for power. Forget
that only madmen pursue power for its own sake. Let such madman gain
power--even you. Let such madman act behind their conventional masks of
sanity. Whether their masks be fashioned from the delusions of defense or
the theological aura of law, war will come.
All sentient beings are created unequal. The nest society provides each
with equal opportunity to float at his own level.
Arm yourself when the Frog God smiles.
Law must retain useful ways to break with traditional forms because
nothing is more certain than that the forms of Law remain when all justice
We will now explore the particular imprint which various governments make
upon the individual. First, be sure you recognize the primary governing
force. For example, take a careful look at Human history. Humans have been
known to submit to many constraints: to rule by Autarchs, by Plutarchs, by
Oligarchs, by tyrant Majorities and Minorities, by the hidden suasions of
Polls, by profound instincts and shallow juvenilities. And always, the
governing force as we wish you now to understand this concept was whatever
the individual believed had control over his immediate survival. Survival
sets the pattern of imprint. During much of Human history (and the pattern
is similar with most sentient species) Corporation presidents held more
survival in their casual remarks than did the figurehead officials. We of
the ConSentiency cannot forget this as we keep watch on the Multiworld
Corporations. We dare not even forget it of ourselves. Where you work for
your own survival, this dominates your imprint, this dominates what you
--Instruction Manual Bureau of Sabotage
Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
--Attributed to an ancient Human journalist
All persons act from beliefs they are conditioned not to question, from a
set of deeply seated prejudices. Therefore, whoever presumes to judge must
be asked: "How are you affronted?" And this judge must begin there to
question inwardly as well as outwardly.
--"The Question" From Ritual of the Courtarena Guide to Servants of the box
In the name of all that we together hold holy I promise three things to
the sacred congregation of people who are subject to my rule. In the first
place, that the holy religion which we mutually espouse shall always
preserve their freedom under my auspices; secondly, that I will temper every
form of rapacity and inequity which may inflict itself upon us all; and
thirdly, that I will command swift mercy in all judgments, that to me and to
you the gracious Lord may extend His Recognition.
--The Oath of Power, Dosadi Sacred Congregation papers
Behavioral engineering in all of its manifestations always degenerates
into merciless manipulation. It reduces all (manipulators and manipulated
alike) to a deadly "mass effect." The central assumption, that manipulation
of individual personalities can achieve uniform behavioral reposes, has been
exposed as a lie by many species but never with more telling effect than by
the Gowachin on Dosadi. Here, they showed us the "Walden Fallacy" in
ultimate foolishness, explaining: "Given any species which reproduces by
genetic mingling such that every individual is a unique specimen, all
attempts to impose a decision matrix based on assumed uniform behavior will
--The Dosadi Papers, BuSab reference
We of the Sabotage Bureau remain legalists of a special category. We know
that too much law injures a society; it is the same with too little law. One
seeks a balance. We are like the balancing force among the Gowachin; without
hope of achieving heaven in the society of mortals, we seek the
unattainable. Each agent knows his own conscience and why he serves such a
master. That is the key to us. We serve a mortal conscience for immortal
reasons. We do it without hope of praise or the sureness of success.
--The early writings of Bildoon, PanSpechi Chief of BuSab
The military mentality is a bandit and raider mentality. Thus, all
military represents form of organized banditry where the conventional mores
do not prevail./ The military is a way of rationalizing murder, rape,
looting, and other forms of theft which are always accepted as part of
warfare. When denied an outside target, the military mentality always turns
against its own civilian population, using identical rationalizations for
--BuSab Manual, Chapter Five: "The Warlord Syndrome"
No legal system can maintain justice unless every participant--magisters,
prosecutors, Legums, defendants, witnesses, all--risks life itself in
whatever dispute comes before the bar. Everything must be risked in the
Courtareans. If any element remains outside the contest and without personal
risk, justice inevitably fails.
People always devise their own justifications. Fixed and immovable Law
merely provides a convenient structure within which to hang your
justifications and the prejudices behind them. The only universally
acceptable law for mortals would be one which fitted every justification.
What obvious nonsense. Law must expose prejudice and question justification.
Thus, Law must be flexible, must change to fit new demands. Otherwise, it
becomes merely the justification of the powerful.
--Gowachin Law (The BuSab Translation)
The family/Clan/Factions of the Rim are still responding to their defeat
in the mass attempt on our defenses of last Decamo. They appear severely
chastened. Small police actions are all that we need anticipate over the
next planning period. Further, our operatives in the Rim find no current
difficulties in steering the F/C/F toward a natural and developments which
might lead them to improved food production.
--From a Dosadi Bureau of Control document.
We are plagued by a corrupt polity which promotes unlawful and/or immoral
behavior. Public interests has no practical significance in everyday
behavior among the ruling factions. The real problems of our world are not
being confronted by those in power. In the guise of public service, they use
whatever comes to hand for personal gain. They are insane with and for
--From a clandestine document circulated on Dosadi
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain the
you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot,
therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are
helpless and ineffectual.
--The Dosadi Lesson: A Gowachin Assessment
"Their law! It is a dangerous foundation for nonauthentic traditions. It
is no more than a device to justify false ethics!"
--Gowachin comment on ConSentient Law
When the means of great violence are widespread, nothing is more
dangerous to the powerful than that they create outrage and injustice, for
outrage and injustice will certainly ignite retaliation in kind.
The attack by those who want to die--this is the attack against which you
cannot prepare a perfect defense.
The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to
QUESTION: Who governs the governors?
Given the proper leverage at the proper point, any sentient awareness may
be exploded into astonishing self-understanding.
--from an ancient Human mystic
Knowledge is the province of the Legum, just as knowledge is a source of
Does a populace have informed consent when a ruling minority acts in
secret to ignite a war, doing this to justify the existence of the
minority's forces? History already has answered that question. Every society
in the ConSentiency today reflects the historical judgment that failure to
provide full information for informed consent on such an issue represents a
s ultimate crime.
--from The Trial of Trials
Does a population have informed consent when that population is not
taught the inner workings of its monetary system, and then is drawn, all
unknowing, into economic adventures?
--from The Trial of Trials
The music of a civilization has far-reaching consequences on
consciousness and , thus, influences the basic nature of a society. Music
and its rhythms divert and compel the awareness, describing the limits
within which a consciousness, thus fascinated, may operate. Control the
music, then, and you own a powerful tool with which to shape the society.
--The Dosadi Analysis, BuSab Documents
Geriatric or other life extension for the powerful poses a similar threat
to a sentient species as that found historically in the dominance of a self
perpetuating bureaucracy. Both assume prerogatives of immortality,
collecting more and more power with each passing moment,. This is power
which draws a theological aura about itself: the unassailable Law, the
God-given mandate of the leader, manifest destiny. Power held too long
within a narrow framework moves farther and farther away from the adaptive
demands of changed conditions. The leadership grows ever more paranoid,
suspicious of inventive adaptations to change, fearfully protective of
personal power and, in the terrified avoidance of what it sees as risk,
blindly leads its people into destruction.
There are some forms of insanity which, driven to an ultimate expression,
can become the new models of sanity.
Where pain predominates, agony can be a valued teacher.
In the classical times of several species, it was the custom of the
powerful to nudge the power-counters (money or other economic tabulators,
status points, etc.) into occasional violent perturbations from which the
knowledgeable few profited. Human accounts of this experience reveal
edifying examples if thus behavior (for which, see Appendix G). Only the
PanSpechi appear to have avoided this phenomenon, possibly because if create
--Comparative History, The BuSab Text
Communal/managed economics have always been more destructive of their
societies than those driven by greed. This is what Dosadi says: Greed sets
its own limits, is self-regulation.
--The Dosadi Analysis/BuSab Text
In a changing universe, only a changing species can hope to be immortal
and then only if its eggs are nurtured in widely scattered environments.
This predicts a wealth of unique individuals.
--Insights (a glimpse of early Human philosophy), BuSab Text
Choose containable violence when violence cannot be avoided. Better this
than epidemic violence.
--Lessons of Choice, The BuSab Manual
For the Gowachin, to stand alone against all adversity is the most sacred
moment of existence.
--The Gowachin, a BuSab analysis