The poverty of public office

These days, low-level officials often take it upon themselves to make arbitrary calls on the lives of other people, based upon their own prejudices, and because we are in a predominantly liberal-nihilist phase of the cultural cycle, their decisions reflect this world view.

There is a dangerous propensity of government and bureaucracy to believe they know what is right for us, when in fact, they don’t have a clue. But it’s worse than that. They are poisoned by prejudices of which they are unaware.

There is a cliché that all blog threads eventually come around to Hitler or spontaneous human combustion.

The question of why the population of Germany supported National Socialism has puzzled me for decades and the answer, or part of the answer, is beginning to dawn on me.

So it goes something like this:

You don’t start by gassing Jews, you start by restricting their freedom and declaring it to be in the public interest.

The lumpenproletariat and their apparatchiks coalesce through fear, intimidation and ignorance. It is at this point that the tyrant has won the first stage of his power play, ignorance being the strongest tool, which is why Maximilien Robespierre wrote:

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. ”

The tyranny of which I write is inculcated by a raft of statutes that have given certain groups uncritical carte-blanche and government sanctioned hegemony. The paucity of intellectual rigour and values accompanying these statutes has combined to allow what you might call “lowest common-denominatorism” in which values, morals and ideas, have diminished to the extent that they no longer have any meaning.

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