February 17, 2015
This video is for all those who imagine that there is some sort of magic that renders the United States immune from the tyranny that has plagued every other major empire in history.
There are many examples in recent history of dictatorial regimes which have imposed or continue to impose subjection, blackmail, servitude, intimidation, abuse, persecution and execution upon innocent people. However, many Americans are strongly convinced that such a thing could never happen in the United States.
Is this just wishful thinking or is there something truly “exceptional” about the United States, that makes it resistant to the despotic abuse (- ahem – on its OWN citizenry), that has afflicted every other considerable empire in history? The first step towards answering this question is to define what “IT” is.
Many people have distorted, almost comic-book-type, impression of dictatorship. In the real world, autocracy has always crept in, under the pretense of safeguarding the nation, defending the people, and establishing law and order. A dictator, in order to acquire and hold power, must demand the support of the people. An effective oppressor cannot publicly display malevolence and desire for power but must design his approach so as to persuade the people that his goals are righteous, that he wants honesty and fairness to abound, and that the most desirable way to make that true is to give him or her dominance and authority.
Tyrannical governments develop by abusing people’s fears – economic uncertainty, crime, foreign aggressors and so on and persuading the people that the quick-fix is for a political leader to be legally given absolute jurisdiction so he can shield the people from the wickedness of the world. This is always the pattern out of which autocracy is born.
No matter how cruel or bloodthirsty a regime becomes, those in charge will persist to claim noble intentions and will dictate that extreme government powers are required to protect the people and to create justice and order. Every time mankind has taken a step away from democracy and towards autocracy, it was done in the name of defending the country and the people.