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A Hindu treatise on the art of government, the Arthashastra, lays down the rules of policy for the complete tyrant, describing the organization of his palace, his court, and his state in such fashion as to make Machiavelli seem a liberal. The first rule is that he must trust no one, and be without a single intimate friend. Beyond this, he must organize his government as a series of concentric circles composed of the various ministers, generals, officers, secretaries, and servants who execute his orders, every circle constituting a degree of rank leading up to the king himself at the center like a spider in its web. Beginning with the circle immediately surrounding the king, the circles must consist alternately of his natural enemies and his natural friends. Because the very highest rank of princes will be plotting to seize the king’s power, they must be surrounded and watched by a circle of ministers eager to gain the king’s favor—and this hierarchy of mutually mistrusting circles must go all the way out to the fringe of the web. Divide et impera - divide and rule.
Meanwhile, the king remains in the safety of his inmost apartments, attended by guards who are in turn watched by other guards hidden in the walls. Slaves taste his food for poison, and he must sleep either with one eye open or with his door firmly locked on the inside. In case of a serious revolution, there must be a secret, underground passage giving him escape from the center - a passage containing a lever which will unsettle the keystone of the building and bring it crashing down upon his rebellious court. The Arthashastra does not forget to warn the tyrant that he can never win. He may rise to eminence through ambition or the call of duty, but the more abolute his power, the more he is hated, and the more he is the prisoner of his own trap.The web catches the spider. He cannot wander at leisure in the streets and parks of his own capital, or sit on a lonely beach listening to the waves and watching the gulls. Through enslaving others he himself becomes the most miserable of slaves.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by LiveForever8
What happens when they finally go down? How many of us will pay the price for their greed and corruption and be taken down with them?
I think that's on the minds of many
Originally posted by LiveForever8
As the John Lennon quote goes...
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Originally posted by LiveForever8
reply to post by speculativeoptimist
The point I was trying to make is that these tyrants will spend the whole of their lives searching for something they can never have. And for that I pity them.
Originally posted by unityemissions
I feel sorry for these guys for a different reason. They spend their whole lives excelling, and rising to positions of great responsibility, only to be seen as power hungry psychopaths by the majority when it all starts crashing down. What if these people truly did step down? Who would replace them? What viable system, exactly? Nope, you get rid of the PTB, and all hell breaks loose.
Nothing unites a community so much as a common cause against an external enemy, yet, in the same moment, that enemy becomes the essential support of social unity. Therefore, larger societies require larger enemies, bringing us in due course to the perilous point of our present situation, where the world is virtually divided into two huge camps
But if high officers on both sides have any intelligence at all, they make a secret agreement to contain the conflict: to call each other the worst names, but to refrain from dropping bombs. Or, if they insist that there must be some fighting to keep the armies in trim, they restrict it to local conflicts in "unimportant" countries.
Voltaire should have said that is the Devil did not exist. it would be necessary to invent him.