What if –

Accepting that our rulers are corrupt and engage in manipulative cons against the populace whom they view as their marks – a fairly safe assumption on the basis of their observable behaviour – what category of people in society would they prioritise to seek out and destroy OR absorb into their ranks?

What if – there are people in the populace with psychic gifts. People who can see at a distance, people who can read people’s minds or even influence their thoughts.

People who could figure out what the rulers are doing. Who could expose their crimes .

Wouldn’t evil rulers target these people above all ?