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Temptations Of Authoritarianism

Hannah Arendt was a far right philosopher who had contempt for people whom she blamed for the ‘rise of dictators’ and a society that’s prone to accept a person offhand for what he pretends to be, so that a crackpot posing as a genius always has a certain chance to be believed. I am referring to the recent comment on “Weakness of democratic systems” Society is always prone to accept a person offhand for what he pretends to be, so that a crackpot posing as a genius always has a certain chance to be believed. I recommend that everyone read the book Propaganda by Edward Bernays. I believe a current edition is in print. It was originally written in 1928 and everything in it is still frighteningly relevant today. Bernays was a nephew of Sigmund Freud. Bernays went to the dark side, as they say, using psychological principles for evil, encouraging politicians to create their own totalitarianism reality, as it reminds us what this sinister individual in our little red dot is doing.

Any snake salesman has a wide array of “tools in his bag” to induce you to act the way he wants … this is no secret. The practical problem is how do you counteract the false narrative some people are buying. I don’t know anyone reads or listens to this pompous, flowery character. By my definitions, I’ve known dogs and cats who were human- certain ‘primates’ fit. Dolphins, whales, elephants, chimps, etc. Our enemy is no longer the Communists, Marxists, Nazists or even the Islamist radicals, but from within, and our increasing indifference to human and civil rights. When this society collapses, machines, zombies and sleepwalkers are sure to follow. What we are seeing now is just the beginning of the end, complacency, no fire in the belly, ants trapped in maze getting just enough crumbs to survive as the puppet masters rip us off and we see more clearly all the time that they are not Divine, not omnipotent, just mere ‘Wizards of Oz’ behind screens of their own greed and lust for power and control. An authoritarian government deciding what is true and false is best depicted in the novel “1984″. The “truth” as depicted in the novel is a shape-shifting force, always designed to keep the “sheeples” in line. That novel also forecast a state that constantly monitors its citizens. Sounds familiar?

Sadly, authoritarianism goes far beyond the primordial desire to control other people’s lives, to determine who gets which special perks from the Party, and who gets to works for its’ inner circle. You might want to check on China’s model of state supported capitalism coupled with tight political control from the top as a model that just might outlast liberal democracy. I’m not sure we can take it for granted that dictatorship is permanently gone. There are still too many people in the world trained to live in fear, plus western liberals who think some kind of dictatorship is necessary to rule the unenlightened. Human beings seem to be easily fooled that something is true because it is generated by a set of things that are consistent with each other. Those “things” could be facts and correspond what we call reality or they can be lies but still correspond to a set of consistent “alternative facts” and therefore part of an alternative reality. What convinces the masses are not facts…but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably a part.

No democracy can withstand a coordinated and wide-ranging propaganda effort that continues decade after decade, such as we have had here. It also requires us to confront the failures of elite policy that have led to an erosion of democratic norms, primarily public trust, that make anti-democratic alternatives suddenly acceptable. As we can observed, demagogues like him comes to power when the elite fails to do its job.

This is a cogent and frightening description of what has been happening.. If someone could express those ideas in under 200 words of less than 3 syllables! The people being taken in by his scam, unfortunately don’t read!! Wake up my fellow countrymen and women. Don’t let this nightmare come true.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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36 Responses to “Temptations Of Authoritarianism”

  • illiterate pap voters:

    why quote others?

    why not just pen what we think, what we really think?

    after all, those quote are also mere humans, as susceptible to bias as any other.

    if we want to state a point, state it in our own name.

    there is no need to quote who says what to justify our point because the quality of the point justifies itself.

    BTW because there are too many other people’s ideas involved, the above piece is pure unreadable.

    Unreadable?

    Yes.

    Unreadable.

    The points don’t jump out. They become muddled. It is a pity.

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  • Aiyoyo this illiterate:

    illiterate pap voters:
    why quote others?

    why not just pen what we think, what we really think?

    after all, those quote are also mere humans, as susceptible to bias as any other.

    if we want to state a point, state it in our own name.

    there is no need to quote who says what to justify our point because the quality of the point justifies itself.

    BTW because there are too many other people’s ideas involved, the above piece is pure unreadable.

    Unreadable?

    Yes.

    Unreadable.

    The points don’t jump out. They become muddled. It is a pity.

    Aiyoyo…something wrong with you. Illiterates of course cannot read.

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  • Blade:

    An word is kena,cancer.

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  • Smart Nation:

    What can you expect from one who has worked for the establishment for a good part of his life? Why doesn’t he just come out and say that he supports PAP’s authoritarian style? Instead, he often cites CCP as his example. This writer is very clear in his warning of things to come, some of which are already a present reality. All it takes is to have more propaganda mouthpieces to play up the chaos of Western democracy, and play down the power abuse, corruption, sycophantism, nepotism, and croynism of autocratic regimes. When people are lulled by their material possessions, comfort and security, it doesn’t take much to brainwash them. The evil perpetuated by an authoritarian regime can be far worst than a rough and tumbling democracy. If Communism is so good, why are the wealthy oligarchs residing in Western countries and sending their families and children to live and study in the West? Think lah!

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  • No Pain No Gain:

    The right has shifted to the middle, the left has shifted to the far left.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    When one worship an Owl as a deity to recieve power in evil company passing as Brilliant @Bohemian Grove where a man delivers the Kiss of Death to innocent who are NOT pedigreed
    What do you expe tWhit

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    <blockquote power

    What do you expect…from a man name Yew Lee Kuan aka Lie & CONYOU

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The Con register his membership as Yew Lee [email protected] Grove a ace where Evil Gathers to plan the destruction of Life

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Temusik Patriot:
    The Con register his membership as Yew Lee [email protected] Grove a ace where Evil Gathers to plan the destruction of Life

    Innocent lives through de-population LEEgal Abortion or other Evil MEANS that suit their EVIL MINDS

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  • DrS:

    Smart Nation:
    What can you expect from one who has worked for the establishment for a good part of his life? Why doesn’t he just come out and say that he supports PAP’s authoritarian style? Instead, he often cites CCP as his example. This writer is very clear in his warning of things to come, some of which are already a present reality. All it takes is to have more propaganda mouthpieces to play up the chaos of Western democracy, and play down the power abuse, corruption, sycophantism, nepotism, and croynism of autocratic regimes. When people are lulled by their material possessions, comfort and security, it doesn’t take much to brainwash them. The evil perpetuated by an authoritarian regime can be far worst than a rough and tumbling democracy. If Communism is so good, why are the wealthy oligarchs residing in Western countries and sending their families and children to live and study in the West? Think lah

    @ Smart Nation

    Good comments w/lots of thinking points.

    An ex-crony & now a useful idiot, this bloke seem to have largely taken leave of his senses and lost all perspective on life, basically looks at the trend toward authoritarianism from his top down view. He is not a particularly intelligent man, and says whatever will get the biggest reaction from his audience. Then, he repeats the same thing again to the next audience. It’s difficult to believe that there’s anything more sophisticated about his rhetoric than mere off-the-cuff blathering.

    The sad thing is that so many people are susceptible to this brainwashing technique, even by an inarticulate babbler like him.

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  • BK:

    Thank you bro.

    If you draw a timeline from TKL presidential bid to the current sordid opinions, you suspect he desires some public role, not out of some personal conviction, but really an unstable personal Neuroticism.

    Wasnt he hawking healthcare, financial advices, but no one cares, till he titillated the CCP fanatics. He seems proud to lead a bunch of loonies.

    I mean, his lawyering for China is practically malpractice!

    “A cardinal feature of high extroversion is relentless reward-seeking. Prompted by the activity of dopamine circuits in the brain, highly extroverted actors are driven to pursue positive emotional experiences, whether they come in the form of social approval, fame, or wealth.”

    The above was used to described Trump, but TKL fits it to a T as well. But thank God this T wont be our President!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    There is always a place @TRE for well thought contributions…why waste on good thoughts on shitty contributions from ah tan…

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  • Smart Nation:

    Temusik Patriot:
    The Con register his membership as Yew Lee [email protected] Grove a ace where Evil Gathers to plan the destruction of Life

    Really? Or are you making this up? I watched a video once on the Bohemian Grove which someone secretly filmed and posted on the internet. What went on there was quite bizarre. Almost cult-like ritual during its Opening Ceremony. Prominient figures were present. It was all hidden from public view deep inside the woods and shrouded in secrecy. Very tight security.

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  • Smart Nation:

    Temusik Patriot:
    When one worship an Owl as a deity to recieve power in evil company passing as Brilliant @Bohemian Grove where a man delivers the Kiss of Death to innocent who are NOT pedigreed
    What do you expe tWhit

    Oh yes! Now that you mention it, I remember the Owl which was at the center of the ritual. Did the Owl pay a visit to the SG Palace? LOL!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Smart Nation: Oh yes! Now that you mention it, I remember the Owl which was at the center of the ritual. Did the Owl pay a visit to the SG Palace? LOL!

    The owl visit the Istana n claim the evil soul of Yew lee kuan aka lie con you…visited again n carriage will roll soon
    <blockquyes! Now that you mention it, I remember the Owl which was at the center of the ritual. Did the Owl pay a visit to the SG Palace? LOL!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    @smartnation…google Bohemian Grove member under yew lee kuan the bastard had no guts to use his name correctly

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  • SS:

    @ BK
    Yo, bro…you gave much reverence for him to share the same pedestal as Trump. I’ll take Trump over him. At least Trump is not so sneaky. Lol.

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  • SS:

    @ Temusik Patriot
    @ Smart Nation

    Bro Patriot had just opened a can of worms. Here’s more. Lol.

    https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/power/bohemian_grove_spy.html

    “Here Henry Kissinger made a bathroom pun on the name of his friend Lee Kuan Yew, who was in attendance — the sort of joke that the people of Singapore, whom Lee rules with such authoritarian zeal, are not free to make in public. The speeches are presented as off-the-record — one of the absurdities of Grove life, given that they are open to several thousand people. As the Soviet Sagdeyev said in his speech, “There is no glasnost here.”

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  • Smart Nation:

    Temusik Patriot:
    @smartnation…google Bohemian Grove member under yew lee kuan the bastard had no guts to use his name correctly

    He was NOT a member of the Bohemian Grove. He was only an invited guest. See link below:
    https://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/07/18/Prime-Minister-Lee-Kuan-Yew-of-Singapore-a-US/8853395812800/

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  • SS:

    Smart Nation: He was NOT a member of the Bohemian Grove. He was only an invited guest. See link below:
    https://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/07/18/Prime-Minister-Lee-Kuan-Yew-of-Singapore-a-US/8853395812800/

    @ Smart Nation

    Conspiracy theory would indicate mostly what we see is inertia of social privilege with the people ‘invited’ for drinks and dinner the next time they are in town. The aristocracy and the political elite that attends Bohemian Grove are the real ‘deciders’ but I found it fascinating that some are still around, each ‘fouling’ their own country’s national treasures.

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  • Smart Nation:

    SS:
    @ Temusik Patriot
    @ Smart Nation

    Bro Patriot had just opened a can of worms. Here’s more. Lol.

    https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/power/bohemian_grove_spy.html

    “Here Henry Kissinger made a bathroom pun on the name of his friend Lee Kuan Yew, who was in attendance — the sort of joke that the people of Singapore, whom Lee rules with such authoritarian zeal, are not free to make in public. The speeches are presented as off-the-record — one of the absurdities of Grove life, given that they are open to several thousand people. As the Soviet Sagdeyev said in his speech, “There is no glasnost here.”

    An interesting read. An All-Male Elite Club! They bring all their cares there to be cremated, only to have them resurrected back to life when they leave the place. It is an escapade for these guys to hang out and hang loose! The redwood forest is a beautiful and scenic place to be during the Spring and Summer. Can’t imagine LKY having a good time there with his good friend Henry Kissinger! LOL!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    I have watch the Con since 1959 when he backstab his way 2 power…read all his books including the many by others…too long to narrate @tre…msm n the propagad machine are BULL

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  • P Against People:

    You pappy puppy. T would have been a better President.

    BK: But thank God this T wont be our President!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    BG is where they plan their Evil of reducing world population at COST…GO DEEP into BG N KNOW…Evil is oft seen as Good

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Had Hitler won the war he will be hailed as a Hero n worshipped as the Con is worshipped for his evil for SinCity success?

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Smart [email protected]…The prockly CON mistaken for a waiter @ Bohemian Grove…many a truth is written in jest…The many camps in BG is ruled by a numero ono n The CON belongs to the Kiss of Death kissinger

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    SNART [email protected]….
    Bro, google PMO reply through the Sin ambassador to Kissinger&Co.for private memorial forthe CON on 25 Sept 2015…read btx the lines n DISCERN…replacement of vacancy left behind 4 D Risung Son…the work is to carry on the Evil of depopulation to facilitate the Elites

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    SMART NATION…What nemorial??? THE CON is a self proclaim Atheist-Agnostic-Nominal Buddhist to get votes n B4 dying call for Jesus out of Fear of DEATH the coward that he is is…kiss

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Kissinger is an Atheist Jew

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    SMART NATION…@think…no need to nention BohemianGrove…but the pink panty DID!!! WHY???

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The punk eventually visit USA in 2016 Aug to A Grand Red Carpet welcome arrange by the power behind the scene Kissinger to Induct him into the club of evil

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  • SS:

    Smart Nation: An interesting read. An All-Male Elite Club! They bring all their cares there to be cremated, only to have them resurrected back to life when they leave the place. It is an escapade for these guys to hang out and hang loose! The redwood forest is a beautiful and scenic place to be during the Spring and Summer. Can’t imagine LKY having a good time there with his good friend Henry Kissinger! LOL!

    Obviously, people from far east Asia have difficulty taking seriously anything that happens in California under a bunch of redwood trees. I don’t for one second believe that those who attend, spend two weeks in the forest only getting drunk and acting like freshman fraternity brothers. It’s these folks, whose decisions have the greatest impact on all of our lives. One really has to suspend disbelief to think these folks “just need a vacation”.

    If one really wants to understand the impact and importance of these get together’s, they should read the original Domhoff article. https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/domhoff_bibliography.html

    How nice for them that they can separate themselves from the rest of the world and all the responsibility their power is supposed to give them, by burning away their dull cares while ensconced in the best privacy money can buy. Their dull cares will return in spades to many of them someday… and they’ll be the ones burning as Temusik Patriot
    had envisaged.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    SS: Obviously, people from far east Asia have difficulty taking seriously anything that happens in California under a bunch of redwood trees. I don’t for one second believe that those who attend, spend two weeks in the forest only getting drunk and acting like freshman fraternity brothers. It’s these folks, whose decisions have the greatest impact on all of our lives. One really has to suspend disbelief to think these folks “just need a vacation”.

    If one really wants to understand the impact and importance of these get together’s, they should read the original Domhoff article. https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/domhoff_bibliography.html
    Bro…I dug deep into the Con’s past…mostarticles are removed

    and all Their dull cares will return in spades to many of them someday… and they’ll be the ones burning as Temusik Patriot
    had envisaged.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Most of the negative on the evil bastard who CON YOU were removed or edited…8 private n official visits to US in the 70′s…where he plan & pen the Evils passing of as Good for SINcity

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Satan father of All Evil offered the WHOLE WORLD to Jesus if he will bow n WORSHIP him…the Con will SELL his soul log,stock & barrel for less n backstab family n friends along the way

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The Con backstabbing his FamiLEE?…read his book belittling his father for selling/pawning his mother’s jewel to sustain his wasteful ways…is he not a Bastard 4 dad???…QED

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