most any government, maintaining power is the ultimate bottom line.
Without a power foundation solid as a 47-story steel-frame skyscraper, a
government cannot climb the stairway to tyranny--hold the aphrodisia.
"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."
-- Henry Kissinger (Nobel Peace Prize, 1975)
If a government can expand their power over the governed with such as The Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency... there's Dr. Kissinger's aphrodisia--the Psychopathic Power Rush (PPR).
power, cocaine, methamphetamine... "hard" drugs demand ever-increasing
doses to keep the rush satisfying. Regarding the PPR, all questions lead
to: How brutally can government tyrannize, how far can they push before
sufficient numbers of the governed realize whose interests government
actually serves? The governed are, at the very best, unsecured
creditors, last in line. Banks, that's whose interests are not only at
the front of the line, banks own the line. Very little trickles past
banks to serve interests behind theirs because government works for
those who have a monopoly on creating "money" from nothing.
Regarding the question of how far the governed can be tyrannized before actually protecting themselves; historically, that question has sometimes been answered by: Revolution. But let's not get hasty, tyranny has so many tentacles. And Napoleon Bonaparte might tell you:
"History is a set of lies agreed upon."
In 1787, Alexander Tyler of the University of Edinborough wrote that all democracies go through eight stages, two hundred years being the average cycle time. The stages are:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;