A mystic code of morality demanding self-sacrifice cannot be promulgated or
propagated without a supreme ruler that becomes the collector of the
sacrificing. Traditionally, there have been two such collectors: either God or
society. The collector had to be inaccessible to mankind at large, and his
authority had to be revealed only through an elite of special intermediaries,
variously called “high priests,” “commissars,” “Gauleiters,” etc.