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 More Herb Ruhs…