I’m breaking the rule about posting while I have an article in the top 23, but the situation is such that it seems necessary. Guys and gals, WB has a storm raging in its tea cup and we’ve got to calm the waters before we’re forced to go to places where we are censored worse than the often unnecessary insults which fly around here. So, after tendering my apology for breaking the rule, I’d like you and Autumn to read my plea…
Hans Frank, Hitler’s former legal expert, once said or wrote (presumably after being captured) “The power and the certainty of being able to use force without any resistance are the sweetest and most noxious poison that can be introduced into any government”.
True though his words are, they overlook something very important, that is a government is a small section of the population which came together to claim monopoly on political power and the ability to use force, at first for the benefit of The People, then through expansion and evolution over many generations, to use that power and monopoly on force against those whom it once served.
This happens for two reasons- first, the government’s original raison d’etre changes from serving society to being served by society; second, James R. Holmes’s assertion in an article titled “How Machiavelli explains Chuck Hagel’s resignation” in the Diplomat Magazine of 26 November 2014, “We flatter ourselves about speaking truth to power, but power often resents having truth spoken to it- and may install yes-men in place of truth tellers” becomes the sad truth of the reality in which we live.
This fact is seen in every form of government mankind has ever tried, from monarchy to theocracy, socialism and democracy, and also in every form of business, in which those at the top were so obsessed with control that they became intolerable micro-managers and/or driven by pathological insecurity that they became tyrants of everything ranging from the corporate world to the mom and pop corner shop.
The results are always the same. At first, those who can, leave, often (though not always) using false pretexts because they wish to avoid any further confrontations or abuse. Those who stay behind try to adapt, either by adopting the characteristics of the dominant force and thus becoming tyrants and bullies themselves, or by playing a submissive role and allowing those at the top to claim all the power and control they crave in exchange for being protected from the worst of the abuses.
Sadly, this latter course is doomed to failure because those who give up their freedom for security end up without one or the other and deserving of neither, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. The consequences for oppressive systems is that they foster inefficiency and corruption to the point at which not even the threat of violence can coax the system and people in it to perform to levels that deliver usable results. The end always comes politically and socioeconomically, and it’s always with tears and fears, not to mention bullets flying into bodies on cold and grey Christmas mornings.
Depending on the situation, freedom might result. Then again, it might not, and instead the country may soon find itself governed by the same sort of people, only under a different name- yet the consequences will be the same later, unless...
Well, unless things change. Power needs to welcome having truth spoken to it, people need to educate themselves more about the political and bureaucratic issues their country and government face, then either run for office themselves, or elect leaders who are suitable for the purpose of driving that change and to bring back the government to its ancient role of providing services instead of being served.
However, if things don’t change and instead hurtle on the same trajectory, then we can all be sure Hades will be beckoning with open arms and glee in its red eyes much like it has been doing for thousands of years. Okay, so what lies on what Chris Rea once famously called the Road to Hell? Misery. Pure misery for those who participate because they are forced by circumstance, and those who become victims.
So, stay free. Assert your right to remain in that state, no matter the pain and inconvenience you have to endure in the name of freedom. Join others in the fight and shoulder your share of the burden, which will make it easier on everybody else. Get others to join you, and the load will become even lighter, until the power of your collective voice is so great that nothing can stand in its way.
Then, when you’ve accomplished your goal, behave in the responsible fashion you would like others to behave and make freedom worth having, instead of devolving into a bunch of cannibalistic wolves who are only too eager to give up what they have for the mere promise that they won’t get eaten, because if there’s one thing tyrannies do, it is to eat people alive whenever they want- and who wants to be hors d’ oeuvre? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be hors d’ combat in the cause of freedom, so I’ll stay on Writer Beat as long as I can, because online bullying reminds me of communist tyranny and I intend to fight against it in the same way.
Now Autumn, please come back and let us all make a success of this place, because where there’s a will, there surely must be a way!