I'm sending prayers to California for rain. We have had more precipitation here in New Mexico than California has received for the past year. Climate change is not only real, but visceral and coming fast and furious.
Tyranny, as Montesquieu discovered, is therefore the most violent and least powerful of forms of government. Indeed one of the most obvious distinctions between power and violence is that power always stands in need of numbers, whereas violence up to a point can manage without them because it relies on implements.