It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
A glorius place, a glorious age, I tell you! A very Neon Renaissance-And the myths that actually touched you at that time-not Hercules, Orpheus, Ulysses and Aeneas-but Superman, Captain Marvel, Batman.
Tom Wolfe (1931 -)
Source: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 1968, ch 4.