Jumping on

I don’t like to jump on bandwagons, and this article has been linked by a lot of people, but Chap’s right, it’s a good one.

The truth is that no nation is safe. Tyrants seldom come openly, their hands dripping with blood, their eyes blazing with hate. More often they come as friends of the people, tireless workers for the public good, heroes who will save the nation; who will cut the Gordian knot of parliamentary babble; who will carry out the people’s will.

They come with promises. If we will disarm ourselves, they will provide professionals to protect us. If we give over our property they will assure us jobs. Crime will be abolished. Poverty will vanish. Together we will build a nation worthy of the future.

(h/t Chaps)

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5 Responses to Jumping on

  1. Chap says:

    Much obliged. Funnily enough, that essay was written when I enlisted–and it’s just as true today. Eek.

  2. Niall says:

    I don’t think it’s true at all. If you look at history, tyrants usually show up with a great deal of fanfare. You can hardly accuse Pesistratus, Cromwell, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, et al. of arriving on little cats feet, pretending to be liberals.

    The whole premise is just absurd.

  3. fastnav says:

    Actually, I think you agree with the basic premise of the piece, Niall.

    I agree that tyrants come with fanfare, but that is the point. They come celebrated by the people, who do not know what lies in store for them at the hands of the ones they see as saviors.

  4. Niall says:

    Well, fastnav, that’s certainly a good description of the Bush administration. So perhaps we do agree after all.

  5. fastnav says:

    *zing* point taken.

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