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Stairway to Tyranny

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For 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).

Heroin, 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."

One part of history not a set of lies....

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 abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

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Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novels and earlier essays can be found at http://www.starchiefpress.com/

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