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(en) Freedom 6320 19th Oct. 2002 - Authoritarian madness

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Date Fri, 1 Nov 2002 02:20:14 -0500 (EST)


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Cannibalism, head hunting, and human sacrifice were once thought normal. Go back two hundred years or even less, and you find a general acceptance of public executions,
floggings, torture of animals, beating of children and wives, humiliation of the disabled, brutal sexual repression and 'scientific' racism. Any one of these behaviours
today would get you marked as someone with serious mental problems. Take up head hunting and you end up in an institution for the criminally insane. Child abuse means a
magistrate and mandatory therapy. If behaviours once deemed acceptable are now seen as unhealthy, surely authoritarian behaviour in general could become so regarded.

As old Hegel said, people act out a desire for recognition. One can acquire this recognition through merit or force. A healthy person acquires recognition by what they do
and how they are as a person. They have no need to force anyone to agree that they are a valuable human being. Such a person has developed talents and a personality that
naturally attract others. People with weak, insecure egos need the bolstering brought by power and authority since they cannot achieve recognition on their own. Domination
allows them to have a sense of self.

One route to power is through politics, and if that avenue is not open, there is wealth. Money can't buy you love, but it can sure as hell buy you power. The 'greedy
capitalist' is only an insecure individual seeking power, and thus a sense of self, through the accumulation of wealth. Is it also not true that almost everyone in a
position of illegitimate authority is a mediocrity and got where they are through deceit, ruthlessness and skullduggery? Think only of Tony Blair and George W. Bush.

Bureaucracies attract unbalanced personalities - yes-men, sycophants, bullies and sadists who get their sense of self from tormenting those underneath them. Authoritarian
structures - schools, churches, corporations, government bureaucracies, the police and the military - are all full of people who thrive on using their little crumbs of
power to the maximum. Heinrich Himmler is the archetypal figure of this 'bureaupath'. Bureaucracies also develop cult-like tendencies, forcing otherwise normal individuals
into accepting insane beliefs and behaviour patterns. One example of this is 'police tribalism', whereby police officers are forced to cover for each other, regardless of
the corrupt or brutal acts that might have been committed by members of the force.

Fanatical, totalitarian ideologies are a magnet for the unbalanced. Leninist, fascist, extreme nationalist, religious 'fundamentalist' and terrorist groups are full of
lunatics who think they have the right to impose their ideas upon the rest of us, whether we want it or not. They may well be miserable wretches, but they possess The Truth
and long for the day they can completely assuage their insecurity by becoming commissars or gauleiters.

This authoritarian madness, whether of political, corporate, bureaucratic or ideological origin, is very dangerous and may mean the extinction of the human race. Power-mad
crazies killed 170 million people in the twentieth century with their wars, man-made famines and death camps. What else might they do? Social evolution has to marginalise
this personality type and the behaviour attached to it, in the same way other harmful behaviours were marginalised in the past. Of course, it is not just a matter of
authoritarian personalities. It goes without saying that authoritarian structures must be abolished or replaced with libertarian forms.

In order to marginalise this illness, every law, regulation, ideology and action of the authoritarians must be held up to examination and ridicule. They must be exposed for
what they are: the results of insecure, unhealthy individuals forcing their fantasies upon the rest of us. The ordinary person, already suspicious of politicians,
bureaucrats and corporate CEOs, must say when confronted by such people, 'Only a maniac would want power!'
Larry Gambone




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