Old-Thinker News | January 12, 2011
By Daniel Taylor
“No vice of the human heart suits it [despotism] better than egoism: a despot will be quick to forgive the people he governs for not loving him, provided they do not love one another.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
“…where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2nd Corinthians 3:17
Throughout history societies have developed, flourished, and collapsed; human nature has remained the same for eons. The pages of history illustrate to us that despotism and big government thrive when society is in a state of collapse. Where community has fallen, tyranny will quickly fill the void.
Our modern age manifestation of scientific tyranny is no different. A confluence of issues – both organic change and deliberate meddling – have broken our communities and deep ties to one another.
The surveillance state, which has grown dramatically over the last decade, thrives when mistrust abounds. Are there real threats? Of course there are, the world is dangerous. However, when a healthy society exists these threats are dealt with but social cohesion and trust remains. Despotism needs broken families and broken community.
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