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Understanding Contemporary Tyranny

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on November 8, 2018 04:27

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As tyrants rise, they promise a utopia that makes straight jackets fashionable, demanding absolute loyalty from citizens. This imagined society is a facade. Explore a little deeper, then there is only but the use, misuse, and abuse of power.

Tyrants dream of a perfect utopian society, demanding absolute loyalty from citizens. Today, tyranny is cloaked in many different forms and colors. But it is easily recognizable in countries where tyrants cry out the ‘tyranny’ of the liberal media that controlled the narrative of political correctness. The game they play is obvious as they want to take over and get the upper hand in public discourse.

Sharing common bonds, tyrants have (1) a penchant to absolute rule by imposing social and ideological uniformity; (2) love for conspiracy theories designed to divide the people, targeting their perceived enemies; (3) thriving in the environment of lies and falsehood; (4) weaponizing censorship, denying free speech, and undermining the truth; (5) calling out and considering the critics and independent media as a threat to power.

A tyrant seeks to dictate what the news should be, which is mostly political marketing copies also known as government propaganda. They gratify their base, a gratification that feeds on insecurity and empty promises, taking pleasure in ignorance and arrogance.

In China, the state seeks absolute control through censorship. Not only that the state determines that national narrative, but it also experiments with a social credit system aiming for uniformity and making the study of Xi Jinping’s thought compulsory in state universities and public school systems. Added to that is the ongoing ideological cleansing, erasing traces of religion in the country’s ethnic minorities.

The United States’ Donald Trump has the desires and tendencies of a tyrant, but he’s more of a buffoon than a dictator. Nevertheless, he has mastered the deadly art of inciting his base to violence, feeding on fear, anger, and hatred. He has invented and reinvented a political narrative unimaginable by rational human standards. For example, accusing the Muslims and illegal immigrants as threats to social order and calling the independent press enemy of the people.

And the Philippines is no stranger to tyranny. After the two-decade dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos from 1965 to 1986, we haven’t learned anything from that dark period in our history. The rise of Duterte has been due to social and political cleavages caused by a huge gap between the poor and the oligarchy and the struggle to maintain the delicate balance between public service and the hurdles of bureaucracy. These gaps serve as an easy opportunity for fascists to exploit and capitalize with populist promises impossible to keep.

Tyrants get their power, support, and approval from the people by exploiting the social, institutional, and political loopholes. They give rise to a pseudo-mass movement countering the overreaching influence of society’s elite. When in power, the tyrant is happy to use power with convenience and abuse it with impunity. This is the reason why Duterte, despite his brutal drug war and disastrous economic policies, is popular to his political base.

The promised utopia under a tyrant’s rule is a facade. Explore a little deeper; then there is only but the use, misuse, and abuse of power.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on November 8, 2018 04:27

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Source: NBC Miami

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte.

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