1/11/12 04:18 pm (UTC) - feetnotes - "as a dictator, they would own the library. . ."
but no, merely being appointed - or appointing themselves - dictator does not of itself vest in them ownership of all property [a]; -merkins could and did invest in businesses in franco's spain, for example, as did british firms in salazar's portugal - and as, indeed, did merkin millionaires and their banks invest in post-constitutional coup, post-weimar republic hitler's third reich...
[a] - including, but not restricted to, goods, chattels and moveables
but while i'm not suggesting that good old "uncle joe" stalin would've known a scruple or a moral qualm if it bit him, right-wing dictators and their bureaucracies seem to be particularly prone to a pettifogging adherence to teh minutiae of The Rules, so... it struck me that a very minor official of the state library system - or of the state treasury - might have found him or her-self in the position of trying to collect the overdue fines on, and even the book[s] it/themself,
from "his excellency, president for life, lord emperor, generalissimo and the highmost"...
1/11/12 06:56 pm (UTC) - meatina - Re: "as a dictator, they would own the library. . ."
Good point. I for one would not envy the person sent to collect the fines, given that this would be seen as a slur against the Beloved Leader and would probably end in quite a nasty death for the library minion involved.