In reading through the Aphrodite IX/IXth Generation series, I ran into a couple of those reference books that Matt Hawkins likes to use. In the one for IXth Generation, he lists all the different types of states that the IXs created in their individual territories.
With styles as diverse as neofascist state, autocratic anarchy, theocratic dictatorship and puppet state, I couldn’t help but ask:
What’s the difference, really?
I mean, sure there are minor differences. A theocratic state has a religious feel to its autocratism. An autocratic anarchy? How does that even work? That’s little more than warlordism. Anarchic dictatorship? Same thing in reverse really.
Any state where one person or group of persons controls all the others and calls the shots is an autocracy. A totalitarian state where the rights of the many are trampled beneath the desires of a minority, whether that’s a ruling race, an oligarchy or a tyrant.
In the end, it’s all the same. Where the right of one or some to rule over many is exerted, it’s totalitarianism. Autocracy. Tyranny. Authoritarianism.
It doesn’t matter. It’s all the same bullshit. Anything else is semantics.
It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s packaged under populism, nationalism, patriotism, religion or just plain old megalomania.
Where one person insists they have the unencumbered right to dictate what another person should do, say or believe, at the expense of the other’s freedom to choose, you have an authoritarian regime that needs to be removed.
Authority that comes from knowledge and experience, used to inform and better human existence in some way, is authority to be respected.
Authority insisted upon, for no other reason than “because it is so”, is to be resisted. It doesn’t matter whether it’s couched in terms or divinity or unity of race or nation. It doesn’t matter if it’s because I’m daddy or mommy or the boss.
Where authority does not spring from a source of evident behaviour and/or knowledge, and where authority gives itself rights it would deny others, it must be resisted.
We can debate specific terms all day, but really, the only terms that matter is finding a way to separate the authority of knowledge and experience from the authority of assertion. To separate the personal power each of us has to command our own existence versus the power we presume over others (but to which we are not entitled).
With great power comes great responsibility, as Stan the Man often said. Too bad half the audience wasn’t listening.