Reasons That People Embrace Tyranny


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  • The [totalitarian] state is a tiger seeking to devour the people, and they must either kill or cripple it. Their own safety depends upon it. Benjamin Tucker, Individual Liberty

Throughout history, there have been many examples of people fighting for freedom and autonomy. From the American Revolution to the civil rights movement, individuals have fought for their right to be free from oppressive regimes and systems of power. In more recent times, movements such as the Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter have sought to challenge oppressive systems of power and create a more equitable society.

The battle between servitude and freedom is ongoing, but it is clear that individuals are increasingly demanding greater autonomy and control over their own lives. As technology continues to evolve, it has become easier for individuals to organize and mobilize in pursuit of greater freedom. This has enabled people around the world to challenge oppressive systems of power and fight for their right to self-determination.

  • Freedom is the right to live as we wish. Nothing else. Epictetus

The answer to this question is complex and multifaceted. One of the main reasons why people are not more concerned about freedom is because they have become complacent and apathetic. In a world where technology has made life easier, many people have become accustomed to having their needs met without having to think too much about it. This has led to a sense of complacency, where people do not feel the need to fight for their rights or challenge the status quo.

Another reason why people may not be as concerned with freedom is because they are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available today. With so much information coming from all directions, it can be difficult for individuals to make sense of it all and determine what is important and what isn’t. This can lead to a feeling of helplessness, which in turn leads to apathy and inaction when it comes to defending our freedoms.

Finally, there is also an element of fear that plays into why people may not be as concerned with freedom as they should be. In an increasingly uncertain world, many people are afraid of speaking out against oppressive governments or challenging the status quo for fear of retribution or punishment. This fear can lead to a feeling of powerlessness that further contributes to apathy and inaction when it comes to defending our freedoms.

The truth is that when a crisis strikes, the best way to protect the common man or woman is to empower them. This means providing access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities so that individuals can make informed decisions about their lives and futures. It also means allowing citizens to participate in the political process and have a say in how their government responds to crises. When people are empowered, they can act in their own best interests and help shape a better future for themselves and their communities. Â

In short, when a crisis strikes, the answer is not more state control but more individual freedom. By giving people the tools they need to make informed decisions and by allowing them to participate in the political process, we can ensure that our societies remain resilient in times of crisis.

The human tendency to accept the status quo is a major factor in the acceptance of totalitarianism. People are often reluctant to challenge authority, and this can lead to an acceptance of oppressive regimes. This is especially true when people are presented with a false choice between two evils, such as between a totalitarian regime and chaos. In such cases, people may be more likely to accept the lesser of two evils, even if it means sacrificing their freedom.

The school system also plays an important role in the acceptance of totalitarianism. Schools often teach students to revere the state and its leaders, while failing to provide them with critical thinking skills or an understanding of their rights as citizens. This can lead to a population that is willing to accept oppressive rule without question.

Finally, fear can be a powerful motivator for accepting totalitarianism. When people feel threatened by external forces or internal unrest, they may be more likely to accept oppressive rule in order to maintain stability and security. This fear can be further exacerbated by propaganda campaigns that paint those who oppose the regime as dangerous enemies of the state.

In conclusion, there are many factors that contribute to the modern day acceptance of totalitarianism. These include a human tendency towards accepting the status quo, an educational system that indoctrinates students into worshipping the state, and a population so overwhelmed by fear that they fail to think critically about their situation.

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”

  • “…civilization advances by extending the number of important operations we can perform without thinking about them.â€
    —Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics

The status quo bias can lead to the acceptance of such practices and institutions, even when they are detrimental to social progress.

  • “Due to a general status quo bias, once a practice or institution becomes established in some society, that practice is likely to be viewed by the members of that society, almost automatically, as normal, right, and good.â€
    —Michael Huemer, Problem of Political Authority

The answer lies in the fact that the state is able to maintain its status quo by providing a sense of security and stability to its citizens. The state provides a framework for laws, regulations, and policies that are designed to protect citizens from harm and ensure their rights are respected. This creates an environment where people feel safe and secure, which in turn encourages them to accept the status quo. Additionally, the state has a monopoly on the use of force, which allows it to enforce its laws and policies without fear of being challenged or overthrown. Finally, the state also has access to vast resources which it can use to reward those who support it and punish those who oppose it. All of these factors combine to create an environment where people are more likely to accept the status quo rather than challenge it.

“The state has been able to indoctrinate the young with its own ideology, and to inculcate a respect for the state and its rulers. This has been accomplished by controlling the educational system, and by using it as a tool of propaganda.”

In this way, the modern state has been able to convince people that totalitarianism is necessary and justified in order to maintain order and stability.

  • “…every politically controlled educational system will inculcate the doctrine of state supremacy sooner or later, whether as the divine right of kings, or the ‘will of the people’ in ‘democracy.’ Once that doctrine has been accepted, it becomes an almost superhuman task to break the stranglehold of the political power over the life of the citizen. It has had his body, property, and mind in its clutches from infancy. An octopus would sooner release its prey.â€
    —Murray Rothbard, Education: Free and Compulsory

“The state is presented as a beneficent institution, a necessary evil at worst, and the people are taught to accept it as such.”

In order to counter this indoctrination, it is important for students to be exposed to alternative perspectives on government and its role in society. This can be done through teaching them about the history of government and its abuses, introducing them to different political philosophies such as anarchism or libertarianism, and encouraging critical thinking about the current system. It is also important for students to be aware of the power dynamics that exist between those in power and those who are not, so that they can better understand how their own interests may be affected by decisions made by those in authority. By providing students with an understanding of these issues, they will be better equipped to make informed decisions about their own lives and the world around them.

  • “The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.â€
    —Michael Parenti, Dirty Truths

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.â€

Fear can be used to manipulate people into accepting a totalitarian regime, as it creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and insecurity. This can lead to people feeling powerless and unable to challenge the status quo, which in turn leads them to accept whatever the government tells them. Fear also serves as a powerful tool for controlling public opinion, as it can be used to create an environment where dissent is not tolerated and those who speak out are punished or silenced. Finally, fear can be used to justify oppressive policies and laws that limit individual freedoms and civil liberties.

  • “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.† 
    —Edmund Burke, The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke

“The result is a population that is willing to accept whatever measures the government deems necessary, no matter how extreme or oppressive they may be. This is the essence of feardom: using fear to control and manipulate people into accepting policies that would otherwise be rejected.”

  • “[Fear] incapacitates its victim, encouraging him to fecklessly submit to others’ proposed solutions. These supposed solutions are often offered by conniving conspirators looking to capitalize on the individual’s defenselessness, much like a predator inducing a temporary state of paralysis in its prey. Rather than acting, the fearful person is acted upon.â€Â
    —Connor Boyack, Feardom

We can also use our voices to speak out against oppressive regimes and their policies. We can join or create organizations that are dedicated to protecting civil liberties and human rights. We can support independent media outlets that are willing to report the truth, even when it is unpopular or dangerous to do so. We can donate money to charities that are working to promote democracy and freedom around the world. Finally, we can vote for candidates who will stand up for our rights and freedoms, rather than those who will simply bow down to the whims of a powerful few.

  • “Historically, freedom is a rare and a fragile thing. It has emerged out of the stalemates of would be oppressors… everywhere there are those prepared to scrap it for other things that shine more brightly for the moment… Freedom is not simply the right of intellectuals to circulate their merchandise. It is, above all, the right of ordinary people to find elbow room for themselves and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of their ‘betters’â€.
    —Thomas Sowell, Knowledge and Decisions