Are we heading towards dictatorship?

Posted by Jason | Posted in Government | Posted on 05-04-2010

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Robert Ringer has a blog up about a coming US dictatorship.

In my article ”Saying Yes to the Party of No,” I commented on how pleased I’ve been to see Glenn Beck talking about a subject I’ve been writing about since the late seventies: a government-declared state of emergency leading to a ”temporary” dictatorship.

I have long believed that the mathematics of an insatiable entitlement society in the U.S. guarantees a runaway inflation, which likely would be followed by anarchy and chaos – a perfect excuse for government to resort to strong-armed totalitarian measures to ”restore order.” My model has always been Germany’s Weimar Republic in the 1920s, where runaway inflation brought Adolf Hitler to power.

I originally believed that the runaway-inflation scenario in the U.S. would play out in the early 1980s, but a combination of Ronald Reagan and an explosion in computers and electronic technology made possible by the remnants of our capitalist system headed it off.

And here’s my odds based on what I know and see today:

  • The chances of a declared state of emergency and ensuing dictatorship prior to the 2010 elections: 25%
  • The chances of a declared state of emergency and ensuing dictatorship prior to the 2012 elections: 50%
  • The chances of the U.S. dollar becoming worthless within three years: 25%
  • The chances of the U.S. dollar becoming worthless within ten years: 90%
  • The chances of the Republicans cutting back on major entitlements if they regain power in the 2010 elections: Zero
  • The chances of the Republicans cutting back on major entitlements if they win the presidency and an overwhelming majority in Congress in 2012: 5%
  • The chances of the so-called tea-party people (i.e., everyday Americans who believe in liberty) winning out over the long haul: Hmm … let me procrastinate on that one a bit before I lay odds.

via Robert Ringer’s Voice of Sanity Blog.

So, what do you think the chances are? Unfortunately, I think too many Americans think this could never happen, which means more than likely it will. Americans have become lazy about freedom and assume its something that has always been there and always will be. History on the other hand is a long list of dictatorships, tyrannies. and empires.

Personally, I think the article is interesting, but irrelevant. Who cares if we are a dictatorship or not, if our government is already oppressive and tyrannical. A government that moves from securing your individual rights to engineering society, stealing from producers, and spreading empire is no longer a government of free people. To pursue those goals it becomes oppressive and tyrannical.

Because everything the government says is backed up by force, because it has a monopoly on force, government is oppressive by its very nature. Our Constitution was constructed to prevent oppression and tyranny, and it meant to direct the power of government towards individual liberty. That is what made America so great. Unfortunately, it has failed. After just a little over 200 years, the Constitution has been bent to justify tyranny. With the latest health care bill, the government has literally stuck a gun to every citizens head and said you will buy what I say or face the consequences.

Dictatorship or not, we already live under a government of despots.

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Bullet 1: < 10%
Bullet 2: 25%
Bullet 3: 33%
Bullet 4: 99%
Bullet 5: 0%
Bullet 6: 2%
Bullet 7: 5%

I think a defeatist attitude is a natural feeling when facing such a staggering obstacle. Unless the Republican party chooses true conservatives(not clowns like Mitt Romney), there is no hope. If the Republicans can get a true conservative on the ballot at the Presidential level and he/she can rally the people, that will have a profound impact – one much larger than the OFA that helped get Obama elected, especially if we can get some true conservatives (fiscal conservatives primarily) at the Congressional level.

However, even if a conservative can get elected, and even if Republican majorities are regained in Congress, taking stuff away is far more difficult than providing it; people freak out when you take their "freebies" away. Look at Britain. All politicians know the NHS system is broke (even if not publicly acknowledging it), but politicians view reforming it as political suicide.

All that said, I agree completely with your larger point of irrelevance. A dictatorship is simply a name that goes along with a repressive government, which we certainly have here.

You mention that this was a failed 200 year experiment. I don't know that I'm ready to throw in the towel just yet, but I suppose I'm just stubborn. If we agree that this country has failed, then we move to why did this experiment fail? If we're lucky enough to be able to do this again and start over, is there a perfect Constitution?

I'd argue that the one we have is damn near perfect, it's just we as citizens failed it. We can't expect a document to enforce itself. We need people to enforce it. I don't know that you can give that enforcement power to a small group of people (Supreme Court), but if set up appropriately, perhaps that could work. The thing is the Supreme Court would have to be intimately involved in all legislation, not just what gets challenged. Each piece of legislation would have to pass Constitutional muster. If it doesn't, it can't be done. Period.

What do you see as flaws in the Constitution and how would you fix them?

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John,

I think I’d agree with your odds over the blogger’s odds. I think it’s hard not to have a defeatist attitude when even when you win, you lose (Republicans winning in 94). The other problem is the mainstream Republicans don’t really believe in smaller government either. They believe in tax cuts, but then never push for smaller government. When’s the last time you heard one of them talk about abolishing the Department of Education, EPA, etc?

You are right on taking things away. People don’t care that it harms someone else when the government gives them something. A great example is in my home town. The mayor is talking about taxing sugary drinks. Why? Because of health care concerns. Well, if they tax it enough and people cut back, what happens? Well, all the people who work in the local bottling plant will lose their job. Then we’ll have them on unemployment, etc. People cannot seem to get past the idea that government should orchestrate our behavior and society at large. Every time someone has an idea, they immediately want to force it on everyone with the government just because they think they came up with a better mouse trap.

I agree as far as a government creating document goes, the Constitution is just about perfect. I don’t think I could ever come up with something better than the geniuses who founded this country. The biggest whole I see in it though, that I don’t know if I could fix is the fact that the federal government is the sole decider of it’s own powers. The Supreme Court is part of the federal government, so why would we expect it over the long haul to curb what the federal government can do? I think the Supreme Court might have worked better if it was a separate body created by the states or something where it would really hold up states’ rights.

My thoughts on it don’t really matter though. Thomas Jefferson knew that even as great as our Constitution was, it would not prevent tyranny. I don’t think any document could prevent it. Government, no matter how limited, will always move towards more and more power. That is why Jefferson thought you needed periodic revolutions. I don’t think that will ever happen to the extent needed to limit our government.

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