"you can't expect a boy to be vicious until he's been to a good school." saki.
well, i've known quite a few "boys" never went to school spent a lot of time cultivating natural born mean streaks, and some met the definition of vicious pretty completely.
but, they were amatuers, strictly small potatoes one-at-a-time mean.
what saki means, and quite correctly, is the person who is vicious in a thoroughly institutionalized and mechanized sort of way. stalin, for instance, was a seminaarian. lenin a lawyer. manachan begin (who i greatly admine) was educated a lawyer, ... , as was ghandi, for that matter. (so, all lawyers are not terrorists attempting the transition to statesmen, such as begin successfully complete, and as ken would have you believe that ho chi men did as well.)
but, even such accomplished killers like ho, or mao, or stalin or hitler really don't quite satisfy the gist of saki's point. saki is referring not to someone who is physically cruel, but a person who is intellectually cruel and who distances himself from the violence of and pain of cruelty, in a "you cannot make an omelette without breaking a few eggs" sort of way. the sort of person who tries to gloss cruelty and murder in intellectual or religious guise, so as to "transform" it somehow into a higher purpose.
to do this requires education, and the mastery of sophistry.
marx and engels, and hegel come to mind. as does mohammed. and, such lesser lights as marcuse and alinsky all fit the bill. and, all the major and minor thugs of the nazi apparatus were highly educated and traveled in the highest circles: the famous concentration camp commandant who each morning before breakfast coffee went to his balcony and shot inmates at random, and then played classical violin in the evenings to soothe his soul comes to mind. (bill clinton is capable of this, though obama lacks conviction, in my view of things.) and, all those mild as field mice college professors who are physical cowards, but teach their students the ways of antifa and "black lives matter." they are educated. and, they are vicious that all the skull crackers i defended and prosecuted in criminal court could never aspire to.
hat tip to the novemer 14, 2017 issue of "forbes" magazine, at page 172, "thoughts on education & success."
john jay @ 10.31.2017 (all hallows eve, 2017)
p.s. and, as if we needed it, further proof that most good lefties are really intellectually brain dead. fran lebowitz is quoted as saying "in real life, i assure you, there is no such thing as algebra." well, this suggests that she never quite cut it as a mathematician, because you are not going very far if algebra stumps you. and, it proves absolutely that she knows nothing of "real life," because if she's ever bought a package of frozen peas and carrots, or a can of deluxe mixed nuts, she's come across algebra in spades. good old algebra fixed that pricing of mixed components, every day of the week in "real life."
fran lebowitz also comes to you, that same issue, same page of forbes.