Look, this isn’t some ideological standard or quirk, it’s the nature of power.
No matter the ideology or myth (Sorel) used to justify it, all statist political trends are towards strongmen whose goal is to maintain power. Freedom and opposition are, naturally, threats. Heck, even the claimed ideology and its true believers will become threats to the maintenance of power. Either the threats are removed and the tyranny reigns for a while, or the tyrant is removed and the associated ideology is discarded. That is not The End of History™ but a local reset of the trend.
Ergo, History™ repeats itself, because there can never be enough people with real knowledge of History™ (knowledge and experience are not inherited) and even fewer with the courage to face it; well, until a “reset” is unavoidable.
(What? Yep, that’s Doug’s First Law™: Utopias are impossible but eternal.)
Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 15, 2012 @ 9:11 am
Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 15, 2012 @ 9:15 am
Another requires non-governmental organizations to register as foreign agents if they both receive money from abroad and engage in political activity.
Actually, this one strikes me as a good idea. Up here in Canukistan, we’ve got a pile of eco-nut lobby groups doing their best to screw up the Northern Gateway pipeline, and doing it with money provided by foreign sources (Tides Foundation, etc).
In addition to having their tax status re-adjusted, I’d love to see these asshats formally designated as hostile agents.
Comment by Lord of the Fleas — November 15, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Nothing to see here…
Nothing to us, but you can bet the O’ministration is taking notes.
Comment by apotheosis — November 15, 2012 @ 10:00 am
This is Obama’s “Blueprint For Success”…
Comment by rustbucket — November 15, 2012 @ 10:40 am
OBoBo has a blueprint????
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — November 15, 2012 @ 10:59 am