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I wonder whether US descent into a dictatorship is unavoidable…

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I look at the political gridlock and the deep ideological division and
then I see historical examples from other countries and times and I
wonder whether what we see played out today may lead to an inevitable
power grab by an imperial executive, with all the parties contributing
to that eventual outcome, including those who warn about it and who
protest against it.

I mean, I look at other places that used to be established republics
or fledgling democracies, such as ancient Rome, France after the Revo-
lution, Germany after World War One, and I always see it played out
that way. Some crisis or shift in logistics makes things no longer
work the way they used to and power becomes shaky. There are those
who wish to adapt and then there are those who blame everything on the
people who wish to change things. Eventually the ideology that wishes
to return to a perceived golden age thinks that the only way to
achieve their goal is to stall everything until those foolish “revolu-
tionaries” in power relent.

So eventually nothing moves until someone comes along who cuts through
the deliberately entangled red tape like Alexander the Great through
the Gordian Knot. The problem is, such a knot-cutter is more likely
an authoritarian, totalitarian force rather than someone who would
then cede power to a committee again, which might return to the grid-
lock that went before anyway. If such a usurper is only mildly com-
petent then the situation might temporarily improve again under such
centralized rule, warming the people to the concept of more monarchic
form of leadership, not calling itself a kingdom, but essentially giv-
ing the head of state such powers.

And before you know it you’re suddenly an empire under a Caesar or a
Napoleon or, in the worst of cases, a Hitler or a Stalin.

All the signs point to a lot of people being ready for such a power
shift and the whole political climate sounds like a prelude to this
kind of change. I’m not saying it has to happen, but if it happens
this is the kind of time when it usually happens.

I wonder how it will all play out in the end…

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Written by ulrichschreglmann

March 29, 2010 at 3:53 am

Posted in America, Politics, Uncategorized, USA

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  1. You’ve been watching too much Fox “news.” 🙂

    Ben Hoffman

    March 29, 2010 at 4:18 am


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