Dictators are All that Stand between Us and Anarchy
February 2, 2011
The last refuge of the Dictator is manufactured Anarchy.
As we watch another society attempt a revolution, we are reminded how Dictators use fear to stay in power.
Place all your Trust and Hope in Me, says the Dictator. Without Me, there is no Order, because without Me there is no Law. Just watch what happens when you people ask for freedom -- You only get Anarchy! Only the Dictator can save you from Anarchy.
The more fear of anarchy in the people, the more the people love the Dictator, or so thinks the Dictator. Those who love the Dictator are deluded into a maniacal terror that anarchy and chaos is always close, lurking in shadows, ready to erupt at any moment. The Dictator's ardent followers fanatically believe that only the Dictator's power keeps chaos in check. The Dictator's followers ignorantly suppose that Law and Order is identical with the Dictator. The Dictator's followers paranoically think that anyone who instead trusts the people and trusts democracy really secretly wants Chaos and Evil. The Dictator's fanatics will gladly manufacture violence against the people just to prove how much society needs the Dictator.
These terrorist strategies of the Dictator are so familiar. After all, humanity has long been plagued by God and His religious followers. Perhaps the oldest kind of mythological narrative, found in most religions, is the story about a God's victory over Disorder. Religious people just can't imagine how any Order could exist without their Dictator. The characteristic pathological disorders of society remain painfully obvious wherever religion still grips a civilization. Our own democracy is just a thin fragile veneer over this vast collective mania.
Good luck with your Dictator, Egypt. And wish us luck with ours.
#1 gray1 on Monday February 07, 2011 at 9:37pm
I respectfully suggest that both situations mentioned are much more complex than might be addressed in so many words. I’m not sure they are parallel except that (in my own opinion) the “divine” aspect is specifically being sneered at herein which opinion still falls outside of mainstream thought, at least outside of this particular circle. We do, however, still exist in the world at large where God apparently still exists in the minds of men and needs be considered in matters of strife.
An invocation of God in matters of rule or self-rule such as famously seen in the U.S. Declaration of Independence amounts (whether by accident or design)to a hijacking of righteousness by seemingly high minded men for their own egotistical and/or self interested reasons (and how many oaths have forever been broken in this process?).
Such a statement is sure to raise hackles, but unfortunately the depths of such lie well beyond the scope of common considerations unless it is automatically assumed that God is simply a handy invention/trump card to pull on fellow humans which for motivational and/or political purposes is apparently still the case in actual practice throughout much of the world, particularly if blood is about to be spilled.
The alternative view says that God is always in charge and if you have bad leaders then you have what you deserve and should submit to your continuing punishment until such time as God has heard your groaning long enough and fixes things.
Nice pic. Who or what is the guy in the middle supposed to be? It looks like a King, and why is that, historically speaking?
“The characteristic pathological disorders of society remain painfully obvious wherever religion still grips a civilization. Our own democracy is just a thin fragile veneer over this vast collective mania.”
This as opposed to the “god free” political systems where the pathological disorders of individual dictators in their own mania have slaughtered millions of their own citizens as well as their neighbors? Yes, we must always remember just how thin and fragile the veneer of civilization is in general, religion or no religion.