January 23, 2012

How Tyranny Gains A Foothold

Five Steps To Tyranny

"The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless." -- Aristotle

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" - T Jefferson. If only the solution to that age-old problem could be so easily resolved. The psychology of tyranny proves fairly complex, having to do with how we view those with different cultures or belief systems. Involved also is a level of blind obedience to authority figures, one deeply engrained from childhood. It depends too on how much sway the herd (peer pressure) holds over our way of thinking and acting.

So how do we avoid being unwitting participants in a regime of tyranny - how do we buck the crowd? The first step is to recognize the signs that lead to tyranny - then take a conscious decision to speak out and not be complacent. The video and articles help us to better understand how tyranny develops.

"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny" Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The underpinnings that fallaciously attempt to justify despotic regimes rely upon the perverted practice of controlling the public mindset in weak societies. The indisputable evidence that civilization is regressing at lightening speed is all us. Governments are becoming irrelevant with the passage of illegitimate authority consolidating into the hands of oligarchic cabals and global tyrants. An objective study of the voluntary abandonment of individual sovereignty is worthy of an entire scholarly discipline. However, before confused citizens seek psychoanalysis on a couch of technocrat design, the basic principles of a classical education should be applied.
Philosophical inquiry is meant to seek an understanding of the truth. Truth, when known, vindicates the dignity of the person and the value intrinsic within the human race. Therefore, it comes as a great letdown to face up to the horrendous savageness that society accepts as typical behavior. The Psychological techniques used to train people to accept tyranny as the normal course of conduct is practiced by every despotic regime.
Jon Roland in an essay,
Principles of Tyranny provides a valuable insight:

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