26. Nov, 2017

26.11.17...A BLAST FROM THE PAST 1.

Even in my lifetime there have been many evil dictators - evil because they have treated others not as human beings but as things on an industrial scale.
Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin, Mao, Pinochet, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, down to Kim Jong-un etc., today.

I have often looked at them to see what or if anything they might have in common.

The answer was provided not by some modern popular TV historian nor smart political pundit but by a lone voice speaking across two and a half thousand years of time...PLATO

"The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector."

It would be comforting to think that tyranny was the product solely of the Great Ones but of course it exists in all times, in all places and is experienced by everyone.
In his "Elegy written in a country churchyard," Grey spoke of

"Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast,
The little tyrant of his fields withstood."

Fortunately all tyrants be they high or low can be defeated as easily as A. B. C...
Accept nothing,
Believe nothing,
Challenge everything.

Then go onto organise if not by frontal assault then boring from within. You might even consider hosting your own website...