‘The Greater Good’ – The Fundamental Tool Of Tyranny
There is a common theme that ushers in tyrannical rule – that is the idea of acting ‘for the greater good’.
Many people believe this to be virtuous, without considering the will of a tyrant and the consequences of self sacrifice.
I discuss this idea in the podcast.
constitution of government once change from freedom can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever – John Adams
For centuries the Western world has prided itself on individual liberty and freedom. But this has slowly eroded over the last 100 years or so. And with the current events taking place in the world, it seems every opportunity is being taught to eradicate what remains of our individual freedoms. If I’d said to you 12 months ago, that you could not walk in fresh air with a friend, and that you were only allowed out of your house for an hour per day for exercise, you would have said that couldn’t happen when it has happened, and many people are begging for more of the same.
A mountain of deceit and manipulation lie after lie, governments and organisations the world over using propaganda to try and induce mass fear and hysteria, psychological operations being employed to justify totalitarian local political action, which naturally harm life.
How do governments and politicians managed to convince people to hand over their freedom? Why is there only ever a few who are prepared to stand for liberty? I’ll try and answer some of these questions in this video.
“There are many form of tyrants, but there are none so terrible as those stifling their own people in the name of freedom” – E.A Bucchianeri.
Historically, there is no more effective method for hoodwinking the populace than telling the people how virtuous they are, should they get behind specific ideas and policies that a government may put in front of them. Regardless of whether these ideas have any real benefit, people want to be seen as good in the eyes of others. This usually originates from some sort of unconscious guilt. The need to impress others in the tribe is a value for most people, and governments pound this psychological weakness.
Pain on the virtues of man to usher in nefarious ends is the lowest form of cowardice. And so it is for the idea of the greater good.
Talking Heads on television sets promoting excessive altruism, sacrificing individual liberty, for the good of the collective.
This all depends on context and the individual themselves. True, it could be seen as heroic in one context, yet it could be seen as apparent in another.
One thing must remain, the individual’s right to choose that sacrifice is their own, with no man having claim of authority over another.
Joanne Wolfgang von Goethe said, “none are more hopelessly enslaved than those that think they are free”. Why would someone defend something? If they were unaware that it existed in the first place? People think that they are free. What they fail to recognise is that if anybody puts themselves above another, they’re instinctively looking for power by nature of the ego. In the words of Lao Tzu, “if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead people, you must learn how to follow them.”
Can we say that about our politicians? Can we say that they honour this code of leadership right now? Or is the reverse of this the reality?
accepting this lack of freedom in society is the first step in taking it back. The longer we refuse to acknowledge the tiptoe towards authoritarianism, the more dangerous the world will become.
Liberty is never lost in one go. It’s very important to recognise that liberties won’t be stripped in one fell swoop.
David Hume, the 18th century Scottish philosopher, said it plainly. “It’s seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” It’ll be a gradual progression over a number of years. Subtle policies that stripped freedom slowly until the people don’t have any foundation to resist.
James Wilson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, asked if man exists for the sake of the government, or is government instituted for the sake of man.
The Western world is now awash with collectivist ideology. Children being indoctrinated in the public schooling system, and television Talking Heads vomiting their propaganda into living rooms. Politicians use their favourite tools
for the greater good as a means of infecting a malleable minds with collectivism, in the words of Joseph Stalin, who have caused between two and 3 million deaths, ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. So why should we let them have ideas?
collectivism is the foundation of socialism, communism and fascism, causing hundreds of millions of deaths in the 20th century alone.
No, this is the entire political spectrum including within the boundaries of collectivism here this is not a left wing, right wing discourse.
Standard political spectrum is a collectivist idea and a tool for polarisation with people.
So, why does the idea of collectivism caused so much harm?
The first thing to grasp is that because it sounds virtuous people are likely to buy into it. You can wrap the wolf in sheep’s clothing, but only for so long. There is something known as reification, which is a fallacy of ambiguity when an abstraction is took as concrete reality, so the word society isn’t, isn’t concrete. It’s a concept, but collectivism holds society as a real entity. Contrary to the individual that is existing right here right now, watching or listening to these words, that is concrete. The same cannot be said for society. What is society other than an idea
it’ll never be identified in the same ways an individual will.
In the words of Klemens von Metternich, the 19th century Austrian diplomat – “10 million ignorances do not constitute one knowledge.”
And as Carl Jung beautifully wrote, in his book The Undiscovered self – ‘instead of the concrete individual, you have the names of organisations and at the highest point, that abstract idea of the state is the principle of political reality. The moral responsibility of the individual is then inevitably replaced by the policy of the state, instead of model and mental differentiations of the individual, you have public welfare and the raising of the living standard, the goal and meaning of individual life, which is the only real life no longer lie in the individual development, but in the policy of the state’.
Regardless of this collectivist, philosophical sleight of hand, the idea that the greater good aka society, or the state is in some way superior and more virtuous than the individual is inverted. Goodness originates in the individual innovation, creativity, and the generation of positive force resides within individuals, in closing a quote by john Stuart Mill, if all mankind minus one will have one opinion, and only one person will have the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, then he, if he had the power, would be justified in in silencing all of mankind.
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