May 22, 2011

Principles of Tyranny

Found at: Talk Straight

Control of public information and opinion
It begins with withholding information, and leads to putting out false or misleading information. A government can develop ministries of propaganda under many guises. They typically call it “public information” or “marketing”.

Vote fraud used to prevent the election of reformers
It doesn’t matter which of the two major party candidates are elected if no real reformer can get nominated, and when news services start knowing the outcomes of elections before it is possible for them to know, then the votes are not being honestly counted.

Undue official influence on trials and juries
Nonrandom selection of jury panels, exclusion of those opposed to the law, exclusion of the jury from hearing argument on the law, exclusion of private prosecutors from access to the grand jury, and prevention of parties and their counsels from making effective arguments or challenging the government.

Usurpation of undelegated powers
This is usually done with popular support for solving some problem, or to redistribute wealth to the advantage of the supporters of the dominant faction, but it soon leads to the deprivation of rights of minorities and individuals.

Seeking a government monopoly on the capability and use of armed force
The first signs are efforts to register or restrict the possession and use of firearms, initially under the guise of “protecting” the public, which, when it actually results in increased crime, provides a basis for further disarmament efforts affecting more people and more weapons.

Militarization of law enforcement
Declaring a “war on crime” that becomes a war on civil liberties. Preparation of military forces for internal policing duties.

Infiltration and subversion of citizen groups that could be forces for reform
Internal spying and surveillance is the beginning. A sign is false prosecutions of their leaders.

Suppression of investigators and whistleblowers
When people who try to uncover high level wrongdoing are threatened, that is a sign the system is not only riddled with corruption, but that the corruption has passed the threshold into active tyranny.

Use of the law for competition suppression
It begins with the dominant faction winning support by paying off their supporters and suppressing their supporters’ competitors, but leads to public officials themselves engaging in illegal activities and using the law to suppress independent competitors. A good example of this is narcotics trafficking.

Subversion of internal checks and balances
This involves the appointment to key positions of persons who can be controlled by their sponsors, and who are then induced to do illegal things. The worst way in which this occurs is in the appointment of judges that will go along with unconstitutional acts by the other branches.

Creation of a class of officials who are above the law
This is indicated by dismissal of charges for wrongdoing against persons who are “following orders”.

Increasing dependency of the people on government
The classic approach to domination of the people is to first take everything they have away from them, then make them compliant with the demands of the rulers to get anything back again.

Increasing public ignorance of their civic duties and reluctance to perform them
When the people avoid doing things like voting and serving in militias and juries, tyranny is not far behind.

Use of staged events to produce popular support
Acts of terrorism, blamed on political opponents, followed immediately with well-prepared proposals for increased powers and budgets for suppressive agencies. Sometimes called a Reichstag plot.

Conversion of rights into privileges
Requiring licenses and permits for doing things that the government does not have the delegated power to restrict, except by due process in which the burden of proof is on the petitioner.

Political correctness
Many if not most people are susceptible to being recruited to engage in repressive actions against disfavored views or behaviors, and led to pave the way for the dominance of tyrannical government.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 22, 2011 9:02 PM
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There are too many hard thoughts in this diagnosis, Gerard. We are screwed, indeed.

Another civil war is in the offing. Only it's going to be Big Brother against the rest of us.

Posted by: Jewel at May 22, 2011 10:16 PM

Perhaps the first thing to make tyranny a reality is loss of faith in the true God -both by the tyrants and by their oppressed masses - who wonder how this happened to them as they naively put all their faith in falen man and the state to do what is right.

Have we noticed that the requirements for President now seem to be simply a matter of who is the best deceiver, and who will tell us the lies we wish to hear?

Where are the cries for honesty above all -character,decency, visible moral strength, a person of conscience,humble but courageous, God-fearing?

We don't even admire those necessary traits in a leader - we don't demand them of ourselves.

Without those qualities a nation is hollow and doomed to corrupt and die. We are mostly there.

Posted by: Don L at May 23, 2011 1:18 AM

Well slap me silly. Looks like all the principles are applicable in this country as I write this.

So, who has the balls to do anything about it? Ms. Jewel is on to something. Call it a Civil War against government. Call it a Revolution. Call it anything you want, but it "ain't gonna be purdy."

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at May 23, 2011 3:05 AM

Yas, Yas, Yas, Jewel got religion. Any one else? Are you willing to join? Have you the nerve to do what it takes? That we'll see.

Cilla has the word for it. ..."ain't gonna be purdy." Damn well better believe that!

Posted by: Peccable at May 23, 2011 3:41 AM

And you can damn sure know that "they" will not throw the first physical punch in any overt way. They will, as with Israel, keep pushing and pushing and constraining and taking, and hemming in and handcuffing our every move until someone is forced into submission, or forced to physically push back. Either way is a win for tyranny.

"Aint' gonna be purdy," for sure. Not sure if it'll look like the Bolshevik revolution or the more recent malaise of the Soviet collapse into eternal political corruption. But history will prove what the atheists reject: the greatest Republic of freedom and innovation was brought to you by Western Christianity within the individuals who made up our founding. Not in the documents, laws, the words, the separations of power, the politicians, or the battles fought and blood spilled; but in the hearts and minds of American people.

A nation under God is truly free to be what it can dream.

"If the foundations be destroyed, what will the righteous do?"

Posted by: Joano of Argghh! at May 23, 2011 4:24 AM

How many times do I have to say this? "I don't care" - dammit! - "Obama is awesome!"

Posted by: Donald Sensing at May 23, 2011 7:23 AM

Everybody on this page knows the future is more likely to be more of the same, a quiet descent, more whimpering and less shouting. We are exactly where democracy under universal suffrage should be on its way to the despotism that is more humiliating than the evil tyrant, because it requires our agreement.

Mr. Tocqueville--Universal suffrage is not only a detestable element of government, but also a powerful revolutionary instrument.

Posted by: james wilson at May 23, 2011 9:33 AM

Bruce Catton in one of his histories on the Civil War had a throw-away line that has implications here. To paraphrase, he said that like all other civil wars, ours started with government soldiers killing civilians.

Does anyone remember Ruby Ridge or Waco, Texas?

Posted by: Bill_K at May 23, 2011 10:03 AM

James Wilson is closest to the truth. As someone who was in the trenches in the last election cycle I can tell you with almost metaphysical certainty that the "people" are really the "sheeple". The police state marches on unabetted. Did you notice the sad story about Cpl Jose Guerena, USMC, Iraqi war vet whose home was hit by a swat team a few days ago and who was shot 60 times? Folks, that happens all the time. Where is the outrage? And have a look at this interactive map of botched paramilitary police raids from the CATO institute.

Posted by: John Hinds at May 23, 2011 1:43 PM

Mr. Hinds:

I have been keeping up with the coverage of Cpl Jose Guerena, USMC and am as outraged about reading about it just as I was when I read about Ruby Ridge and Waco, and many more instances like the recent one in Arizona which sometimes does not get national media coverage, but just occasional blurbs here and there. Yes sir, I have been keeping up with our government using force against citizens.

Let's just say this ole gal ain't ready to submit to illegal powers used against the people who pay these SOB's with taxes paid by the citizens. Let's just say I go by the old "never again" statement.

Enough said.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at May 23, 2011 2:42 PM

Good for you Cilla Mitchell. It's nice to have an ally in, what, Galveston? If everyone paid half the attention that GVD's readers do, then, well, who knows? Everyone knows who the American Idol contestants are, who the running back for the Redskins is, etc., but couldn't tell you for a million dollars what a bicameral legislature means. We get the leaders we deserve, it is said. Well, look at our leaders and you see the rest of the story. Necessity might be the mother of invention but she's been on hiatus since Reagan.

Posted by: John Hinds at May 23, 2011 3:20 PM

It ain't over and the fat lady isn't singing.

Resist in any way you personally can. Screw them up however you can. Cut them with thousands of little cuts from millions of 'little people'.

Be a citizen and not a subject.

- Volunteer nothing that would benefit them either materially or in esteem through osmosis.
- Fill out [subtly] wrong info in their forms.
- Pay their fees in the most inconvenient -for them- way you can.
- Sneer when you learn what the wolves and their dependent ungulate do for a parasitic living.
- Save and downsize.
- Divest yourself from dependence on their bread and circuses...There is always a catch.
- Buy American quality whenever possible.
- Prepare physically and spiritually.
- Do not support their supporters.
- Don't fall for their attempts to isolate and demoralize you. Be happy.


Posted by: monkeyfan at May 23, 2011 3:35 PM

the simple words of Samuel Adams apply, just when and more specifically where?

Posted by: hiramsmaxim at May 23, 2011 4:30 PM

Beware the "canary effect" movement. That's when they start intimidating or arresting vocal critics etc.

I got a call from the FBI yesterday. They want to meet with me today about some comments they think I posted a few months ago.

Beware. It may be beginning.

They're starting to try to suppress free speech and association etc.

Just sayin'

Posted by: Anon at May 24, 2011 8:12 AM

Comments posted when and where, Anon? If I were being intimidated by the Fumbling Bumblers of Incompetence™ for opinions I made, I would call them out on it, name some names and say what the comment was I made. You didn't wish for death on anyone did you?

Posted by: Jewel at May 24, 2011 1:21 PM