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Authoritarian tactics

Authoritarian: favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.

Mussolini once stated, “pluck a chicken one feather at a time, nobody notices.”

How does such a government happen? It is imperative to divide people, pitting one group against another. Then one designated group becomes the enemy. This action results in protests which sometimes become violent with those not supporting the authoritarian being labeled as unpatriotic. The authoritarian uses national/federal law enforcement to counter protest. Other methodology is voter suppression and denounce the judicial system undercutting the independence of the judiciary. Attack the press and/or control the free press. The use of “emergencies” is also a useful tool to create fear and conflict.

History is full of authoritarians and the effect upon countries and societies. Think about it.

Robert W. Schutte

Newport

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