Sunday, January 02, 2005

What Every Good Autocrat Knows...

I've been alarmed to discover hopelessness in the ranks of Progressives recently, and I've decided to give everyone (including myself) a good talking-to. Because, by giving in to despair, we are guaranteeing our own defeat and the unimpeded progress of the oppression we most abhor and dread.

What every good autocrat knows:

A depressed, demoralized, disenfranchized and cynical populace doesn't have the energy to fight back. A resilient, energized opposition is a would-be tyrant's worst enemy.
The dictatorship-to-be keeps the public uninformed, assuring them that their feeling of repugnance for ruling policy is a minority position. Then they make the acquisition of information more difficult still by closing down outlets of free expression in the name of "security" and "patriotism."

Now, if individual citizens REFUSE to succumb to the easy Blue Funk brought on by their contemplation of creeping totalitarianism, its progress just might be slowed or stalled long enough to make an all-out ambush on its position possible. Why not? An army is made up of singular men and women, a movement is comprised of the collective actions of individuals, a quashing of potential tyrannies can be the combined acts of single persons keeping truth and hope alive.

Fight tyranny, folks. But also fight your own defeatist demons. Passivity is a luxury the world cannot afford.

4 Comments:

Blogger Winter Patriot said...

Hi there! I got here using the address you are now posting at the green-and-yellow place and it works just fine!

That's a nice post, too. Keep up the good work, Peg. Best wishes to you and your very cold friends.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Peg C said...

Nice to see you here, Winter Patriot. And thanks again for that HTML lesson over at the "green and gold site."

Friends don't let friends blog in ignorance. ;-)

10:56 PM  
Blogger pushcat said...

Hi Peg, just found your blog. Considering a lot of progresives have almost given up, I am for starting a Labor Party. The corporate influence on both the republican and democrat parties has become overwhelming. People who work for wages, educators, factory workers, construction workers, health care workers, have lost their voice in congress. All the progressive programs started during the FDR years are now being relegated to the trash heap of history. Its time for the democrat party to get the message. Go back to representing the people who kept them in power for fifty years, or face a new party that will. Thanks for letting me vent, and good luck with your blog.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Peg C said...

Hi there, Pushcat! Thanks for dropping by, friend. I agree that changes need to be made. I'm just not sure that a society so dumbed-down that it can only think in either/or, black/white terms can rally en masse behind a third party. I think the installation of Dean as party chairman might be the beginning of a re-make of the Dems. I certainly hope so!

5:35 PM  

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