We are presently at a major historical juncture—a time in which much of the formerly “free world” is in the final stages of decay and approaching the tyranny stage. Governments have, in the last several years—due to COVID and related events—cracked down on their citizen’s freedoms for the sake of “public safety”. It is this justification that will assure the success of tyranny. Historically, the majority of people in any county, in any era, choose the illusion of safety over freedom.
BY ALEXANDER ACKLEY R. A. FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CHRONICLES
The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable one. In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse from their government. This process may be accelerated by the implementation of the ideologies of Fascism, Socialism, Communism, or a basket of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy. Like the destruction of a sandcastle by the incoming tide, it requires time to transpire, but in time, democracy, like the sandcastle, will be swept away in its entirety.
The concept of democratic government is that the people grant to a small group of individuals the right to represent them… which, most of the time, this small group of individuals (politicians) interprets as the right to establish and maintain control over the people who voted them into office. The inherent flaw in such a concept is that any government—i.e. the group of politicians and their attendant and ever-expanding bureaucracy—will invariably and continually expand upon its controls, resulting in the ever-diminishing freedom of those who granted them the power.
The old adage of “boiling a frog” is that the frog will jump out of the pot if it is filled with hot water, but if the water is lukewarm and the temperature is slowly raised, the frog will grow accustomed to the temperature change and will inadvertently allow itself to be boiled.
As Thomas Jefferson intoned, “Even under the best forms of Government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
Unfortunately, there will always be those who wish to rule, and there will always be a majority of voters who are complacent enough and naïve enough to allow their freedoms to be slowly removed.
Jefferson knew—even as he was penning the American Declaration of Independence and portions of the United States Constitution—that his proclamations, even if they were accepted by his fellow founding fathers, would not last. He recommended repeated revolutions to counter the inevitable tendency by political leaders to continually vie for the removal of the freedoms from their constituents.
Alexander Tytler, a contemporary of Jefferson and a Scottish economist and historian, commented on the new American experiment in democracy thusly, “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
Both Messrs. Jefferson and Tytler were keen students of history. Each knew that the pattern, by the end of the 18th century, had already repeated itself time and time again. In fact, as early as the fourth century BC, Plato had quoted Socrates as having stated to Adeimantus, “Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery comes out of the most extreme form of liberty.”
Today, much of what was called the “free world” only half a century ago has deteriorated and sunk into a bastardized version of Residual Capitalism, which has been largely and increasingly buried by Fabian Socialism and has decayed into Fascism. The very definition of “Fascism” is the joint rule by corporate and state—a condition that’s now manifestly in place in much of the former West and the “free” world.
In today’s dumbed-down intellectual environment, many people perceive Fascism as a tyrannical condition that’s suddenly imposed by a dictator, but this is rarely the case. Fascism is in fact an organic, logical step. Just as voters succumb over time to the promises of Socialism, so a parallel decline occurs as Fascism slowly replaces Capitalism. Fascism may appear to be Capitalism, but it’s the antithesis of a free market.
As Vladimir Lenin rightly stated, “Fascism is capitalism in decline.” Comrade Lenin and his sycophants understood the value of Fascism for political leaders. Whilst he retained a close relationship with New York and London bankers, and a healthy capitalist market was tapped into for Soviet-era imports, he was aware that his power depended on the nomenklatura largely denying Capitalism to its impoverished and subservient minions.
Thus, throughout the march of history, one can clearly see that democracies, like sandcastles on a beach, never last. They generally begin promisingly, but, given enough time, any government will erode democracy as quickly as the political leaders can get away with it, and the progression always ends in tyranny.
We’re presently at a major historical juncture—a time in which much of the formerly free world is in the final stages of decay and approaching the tyranny stage. At this point, the process tends to speed up. We can observe this as we see an increase in the laws being passed to control the population: increased taxation, increased regulation, and increased promises of largesse from governments that don’t have the funding to deliver upon those promises.
When any government reaches this stage, it knows only too well that it will not deliver on those expectations, and that when the lie is exposed the populace will be disappointed, disillusioned, and furious. Therefore, just before the endgame, any government can be expected to ramp up its Police State. The demonstrations by many formerly “democratic” governments that they’re doing just that are now seen regularly in formerly free bastions of “liberty” like the USA and Canada and Australia and New Zealand—raids by SWAT teams in situations where just a small number of authorities could handle the situation, and displays of armed forces in the street, including armored vehicles, in instances of disruption.
In London, Ottowa, New York, Washington DC, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, etc., the authoritarian displays have become ever-more frequent. All that’s now necessary is a series of events (whether staged or real) to suggest “domestic terrorism”. A state of national emergency may then be declared “for the safety of the people.” See what has happened in Canada or the USA or Australia in the last year or so, and the pattern is clear. Governments have become despotic and predatory… their citizens are no longer free people, but “subjects” to be ruled over, manipulated, and dominated. All for the sake of “public safety”, of course.
It is this justification that will assure the success of tyranny. Historically, the majority of people in any county, in any era, choose the illusion of safety over freedom.
As John Adams was fond of saying, “Those who would trade freedom for safety will have neither.”
From this point on, it would be wise for anyone who lives in Europe, Canada, the USA, the UK, the Antipodes, etc. to watch events closely. If a new “pandemic” or a rash of “domestic terrorism” appears suddenly, (see what the Biden regime has done to the January 6th protesters, and what the Trudeau regime in Canada has done to those truckers and their supporters, who protested in Ottowa) observe how the ruling governments react. Both of those incidents in North America were the harbinger that the governments of the USA and Canada had become Rulers instead of Representatives of the People. When tyranny under the guise of “protecting the safety of the people” had been inaugurated as a ruling principle, democracy has died.
The most essential takeaway here is that, although some may object (even violently), the majority of the people will trade their freedom for the promise of safety. And they will get neither.