From HERB RUHS
Tyranny: “cruel and oppressive government or rule.”
It is comforting for me to read Hedges’, in his article “How Democracy Dies: Lessons from a Master,”calling the current political situation one of outright tyranny. For at least twenty five years now I have been doing the same as “tyranny” is the only term in English that generalizes sufficiently to describe the political situation in the US as I have viewed it developing. Highly centralized command and control structures in civil society, the giant banks and corporations in our case, are the soul of tyranny. As Hedges points out eloquently, the success of such rule is dependent on people not clearly understanding its true nature until it is way too late.
On the positive side, tyranny is also a society wide learning opportunity. Apparently it is difficult to learn that you can never trust ambitious people – ever – since they can not trust themselves to moderate their compulsive drive to control others. Our Achilles heel is that we identify with our oppressors and predators vicariously. Something small and dark in all of us wants to be free of fear by achieving dominance over other, weaker, people.
Worship of this grasping nature is not so much evil as it is primitive. Small autonomous groups can work to sublimate and limit this “will to power” by encouraging identification with the group as the true agent of ambition. Large scale groups, societies, corporations, the military, organized in a hierarchical pattern have no way to effectively limit the grasping of the few, the devious, the consciouslessness of the sociopath. The final common pathway of all mass societies organized hierarchically is through tyranny to self destruction.
Marx made this observation when he said, “Civilizations leave deserts behind them.” Well, certainly Marx was right about societies that choose hierarchical and coercive organizational models. There are lots of models available from history of egalitarian, cooperative societies, and some small examples still exist. Most such efforts have, however, been systematically and ruthlessly crushed by their hierarchical, militaristic neighbors.
So, do we choose to take the submissive posture of believing that some form of tyranny is the climax form of human society, believe along with the intellectual whores of the right that history is over, that tyranny is forever secure as the foundation of the world system of human organization? No. It may take some time and a lot of suffering, but tyranny always fails because it is dependent on lies and deceit to maintain power and, gradually, the illegitimate leadership comes to believe its own lies and fails due to faulty reality testing. To paraphrase Acton, power tends to psychosis and absolute power to irreversible psychotic thinking.
However, this is a very special time in history. If we follow the mentally deranged power seekers it will be our last journey as a species. Don’t be fooled. The ambitious mean to destroy us all, themselves included, and end our species in a hell of our own making.
The gods of our fathers: competition, success, superiority, personal wealth, celebrity and progress, are false gods with massive feet of clay.