It doesn’t hurt, if you do fight – the neo authoritarian approach

The following, post written by Glenn Greenwald at “the Guardian”. I was in the middle of writing about the subject, and came across this article. As it summaries brilliantly my thoughts, I decided to bring it froward:

“…It is very easy to get people to see oppression and tyranny in faraway places, but very difficult to get them to see it in their own lives (“How dare you compare my country to Tyranny X; we’re free and they aren’t”). In part that is explained by the way in which desire shapes perception. One naturally wants to believe that oppression is only something that happens elsewhere because one then feels good about one’s own situation (“I’m free, unlike those poor people in those other places”). Thinking that way also relieves one of the obligation to act: one who believes they are free of oppression will feel no pressure to take a difficult or risky stand against it.

But the more significant factor is that one can easily remain free of even the most intense political oppression simply by placing one’s faith and trust in institutions of authority. People who get themselves to be satisfied with the behavior of their institutions of power, or who at least largely acquiesce to the legitimacy of prevailing authority, are almost never subjected to any oppression, even in the worst of tyrannies. 

Why would they be? Oppression is designed to compel obedience and submission to authority. Those who voluntarily put themselves in that state – by believing that their institutions of authority are just and good and should be followed rather than subverted – render oppression redundant, unnecessary.

Of course people who think and behave this way encounter no oppression. That’s their reward for good, submissive behavior. As Rosa Luxemburg put this: “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” They are left alone by institutions of power because they comport with the desired behavior of complacency and obedience without further compulsion.

But the fact that good, obedient citizens do not themselves perceive oppression does not mean that oppression does not exist. Whether a society is free is determined not by the treatment of its complacent, acquiescent citizens – such people are always unmolested by authority – but rather by the treatment of its dissidents and its marginalized minorities.

Back to me. I personally stopped fighting the neo socialism that is created in front of our eyes. I came to realized, that this is what the majority wants. Regardless, it would be lovely if we would put in on the table. Just look each other in the eyes and say it. At least in that way, we will stop explaining ourselves we are free or good. In that way, those of us who do not comply and obey, will maybe have the chance to understand what are the available options they have.

The most problematic aspect of our current predicament is, that we are not honest about our own wishes and behaviors. If the majority of the people decided that forced authoritarian regime is the best solution. They should just say it straight forward. After all, it will actually be consider and democratic act. From the other side, please stop explaining yourself that the developments of the last 18 months are part of a freedom process, or for the greater good.

The fight to eradicate any government opposition is on it way. The isolation and shaming of the non compliant is here, in broad day light for everyone to see. There is nothing new or complicated about it. It is the direction we chose (the majority) and this is where we will go. Regardless, a bit of self honesty could make things easier. If not for the obedient part of the population, at least for the oppressed one.

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