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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Original post)

Sun Feb 25, 2018, 12:32 PM

5. Glad I didn't have this on my mind when I went to bed.

All this is happening, or at least is being attempted as many good people fight back. These appointments to courts at all levels are especially disturbing.

However, unwillingness/inability to worry about abuse until it affects people we know is not tyranny. If it was, there could be no human existence that was not because this is normal, even emotionally healthy human behavior.

It is a factor that allows development of tyranny: "cruel and oppressive government or rule."

Language is an extremely powerful shaper of thought. It's really not a good idea to diminish the power of the word "tyranny," which our founding fathers used as a call to arms. I'm afraid irritating and repelling people by restyling it as a criticism of everyday behaviors would certainly do that. That's for tyrants who want to defuse its power.

Anyway, people can't and would't submit to living under a tyranny of conscience, it's not in us. We'd turn on sitcoms to drown it out instead.

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my Lords, that where law ends tyranny begins! ~ William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, speaking in the House of Lords, 9 January 1770

That is certainly true in western liberal democracies, and it is that which we need to fight.

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