The defining characteristic of tyranny is the diversion of power from the people to the unelected elite.

The elite can claim to be inspired by Allah or Marx; it can act in the name of racial purity or universal workers compensation or both. The details don’t matter, because in all instances, tyranny derives its justification from the superiority of the rulers and the inferiority of the people.

The left launched two revolutions. One was the hard revolution of bombs and assassinations by those who did not have the time or patience to wait for the long march through the institutions of the state. This revolution was born quickly and died quickly. It killed millions and choking on their blood it died by stages, losing its ideas and then its power, until there were only a few old men and women in shawls clinging to red velvet portraits of Stalin.

But there was also the soft revolution that was slow and subtle. It was a revolution of laws, rather than bombs. It did not concern itself with 5-year-plans but with 50-year-plans. It proceeded by increments, raising the temperature so very gradually that the free world did not realize it was cooked until it could smell its own burning flesh.

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  1. It’s Uncanny, Just got through watching a segment , of The Russian Revolution, on the movie series, “The Fall of Eagles,” 1974. The scene ended with Lenin and his Socialist Comrades entering Russia, on a train. The Proletariats were singing and waving their “Red Flags!” We all know happens next with the killing of Millions, under Stalin! The thinking of Karl Marx ruled these Nobody Tyrants, who destroyed, a culture that, once believed in God!

    Can this be done again, in the 21st Century, by the Progressive Elites? Well, I do believe that Socialism is rearing it’s UGLY head through Government officials, let’s say, the Democratic Left. Slowly, drip by drip, the Atheistic Marxist are in conrol, first wiping out Morality….and then going for our WALLETS (Sharevthe Wealth!)
    We have let the power of the People be diverted to the Elected and Unelected elites, because of Dumbed Down America and Duped people!

  2. Perhaps what is unique in the history of tyrannies is that the 21st century American version has been accomplished incrementally, thoroughly and entirely via “the consent of the governed.” Or, as the famous line from the legendary Pogo cartoon strip articulated: “We have met the enemy, and he is us (my emphasis).”

    The grand “American experiment” has failed. And we have only Americans to blame.

    By consistently using the passive voice to narrate and explain what has happened in the USA since its founding, the essayist misses entirely the agency of “the people” in the total undoing of their freedom.

  3. Religion has killed more then Stalin did,
    Religion and the fanatics of religion seem to have never investigated the truth and you’re following the herd.

    • You make a number of unfounded assumptions, offering nothing but your opinion as proof. I guess that makes you god. Good luck with that.


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