WHAT IS TYRANNY??? by A.E. Samaan

What is “tyranny”? How is it that humanity is continually duped by Machiavellian leaders? Have we so soon forgotten the warning signs and aspects of a regime bent on tyrannical exercise of power? History’s lessons could not be clearer The tyrant shrouds himself with benevolent aspirations and promises. This has been so for time immemorial:
   “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” – Plato
Yet, it seems humanity is intent on repeating the mistakes of the past; confusing malevolence with benevolence. There seems to be a link between the relationship between a masochist and the sadist, which mimics the relationship between the slave and tyrant. It is by no coincidence that the original sadist and political revolutionary, the Marquis de Sade, understood this best of all:
“Tyranny, which first frightens sovereigns, or rather those that govern them, ends almost always in providing them with pleasures.” (Pg. 97, “The Revolutionary Ideas of the Marquis de Sade” ~ “From a ‘Race of Masters'”, Pg. 446)
Selling the iron fist of an overseer as the caring hand of a caretaker is a trademark sign of a despot. Montesquieu would reiterate Plato’s thoughts on these matters:
  “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” ~ Montesquieu
The Founding Fathers of the American Revolution understood that tyranny came in the guise of a benevolent despot, clutching onto the subjects like possessions and pawns:
  “If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – (T. Jefferson to T. Cooper letter 11/29/1802, The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827)

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