An Explanation of the Tyrannical Mind and Its Mechanisms
How does one become a tyrant? From time to time, societies face trying circumstances that force them to face the reality of their predicament and the limitations of their leaders. It’s a great time for someone to proclaim themselves the saviour of the country and run on a platform of decrying the current administration’s lack of vision.
Citizens’ hopes are raised thanks to the skilled dissemination of ideas. When things get rough, people are more likely to trust their leaders.
As long as he has the support of the people, a tyrant believes he can do whatever it takes to fix a problem, but he soon learns that there are no simple choices or quick fixes and that his desire to bring about change is constrained by the law and ethics.
Once in power, they introduce new laws that restrict the rights of those who oppose them and make it easier for them to carry out their agenda.
A tyrant arises when one person gains power over all branches of government and the backing of more than half the population.
Hitler and Mussolini were both created in this way; during times of crisis, they were selected and not democratically elected as many assume to represent their countries’ realities in an effort to effect change.
This article provides a penetrating look at how the intersection of psychology and circumstance can give rise to tyrannical leaders.
To become a tyrant is not a destiny shared by all. To rule an entire nation with an iron fist, a specific set of circumstances must come together.
You need to be predisposed to a harsh demeanor from the start. Two, you need to nurture and hone your innate tendency toward antisocial behavior in early life. Finally, you have to reach adulthood during a time of political upheaval in your country. These developments lay the groundwork for a rise to power, the kind that has been used by dictators like Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Mao Zedong, to gain life-and-death control over their people.
One way governments try to understand, predict, and influence the actions of foreign leaders and terrorists is by attempting to “get inside their heads.” Terrorists’ desires for power, subjugation, torture, and murder can be better comprehended by studying their psyches.
We’re all trying to exert some degree of command over our surroundings. They want a dependable level of control over their world and the elimination of fears for their continued existence. People will go to great lengths to ensure that they never again have to suffer or fight for what they want out of life. Most people want a simple life, and they view power as a potent means to that end.
The Rise of Tyrants
I’m delving into this universal ailment because I think it’s important to emphasize that virtually everyone has a penchant for exerting influence over others. This may necessitate imposing our will on others so that they don’t disturb the peace and quiet we’ve worked so hard to create. In order to protect ourselves, we may feel compelled to restrict our interactions with potentially harmful people. And sometimes, we try to exert power over those around us because of unfounded anxiety.
Most of us harbor some degree of tyrannical thought at some point in our lives; it is not limited to the Stalins, Maos, and Hitlers of history. Political tyrants try to take advantage of this situation because no authoritarian government can succeed without the support of millions of little tyrants. They manage to enslave us while simultaneously satisfying our need for order and predictability.
In other words, tyrants require our services. There is a touch of tyranny in each of us, and while we share a common history, we also have our own unique personalities.
However, this does not imply that social structures are inherently repressive or that order is inherently bad. Some people are cruel, some are lazy, some are crazy, some are incompetent, and some are dishonest, and they all bring the rest of us down, which is why we need boundaries. Neither totalitarianism nor anarchy is a viable option. To what extent, and by whom, limits are imposed, is of paramount importance.
Here we discover a subset of humanity that is pathologically drawn to positions of authority not out of need or fear, but rather out of a desire to feel strong and in charge. They need it so badly that they have become dependent on it. I’m referring to narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths here; these people share our DNA but lack essential human qualities like empathy, conscience, imagination, love, and shame. These people are the root cause of every government failure because they were able to sneak their way into positions of power.
The average psychopath is not as fascinating or complex as they are portrayed in popular culture; the existence of such people is fascinating, but psychopaths themselves are typically dull. They are intriguing because they are a biological oddity, an evolutionary misstep, or perhaps a spiritual deformity. The prevalence of psychopathy is estimated to be around 1% of any given population, and the prevalence of high-functioning psychopaths who are skilled at concealing their true evil is even lower.
Most psychopaths are doomed to a life of failure and often spend time behind bars. They are too self-absorbed and dangerous to have any kind of normal relationship or build a normal life, and eventually, those around them realize it. I refer to people like this as “little tyrants.” People with psychotic tendencies tend to come out of the woodwork during times of crisis when everyone else’s attention is diverted.
For instance, the little tyrants were pervasive during the covid pandemic lockdowns and the government’s attempts to introduce harsh vax mandates. They seemed to materialize out of thin air and swarmed the authoritarian center like vultures. They relished the chance to lecture others on the merits of masks, vaccinations, and “social distancing,” despite the fact that none of these measures had any discernible effect on the spread of covid or the relatively low median Infection Fatality Rate of 0.23%.
They enjoyed every morsel of power that was tossed their way. The actual scientific evidence was not on their side, but they didn’t care because they had the support of the media and the government. They were content to serve as human shields for the oppression of other citizens.
There are requirements for tyranny to be effective that go beyond the symbiotic (or perhaps parasitic) relationship between big tyrants and little tyrants.
Elimination of Free Will
Limiting people’s freedom of choice is the essence of totalitarianism. In order to convince the public that their lives will be simplified, easier, and safer as a result of centralization, it is necessary to remove their remaining choices. People are more likely to question the legitimacy of the power structure if they have alternatives to the dominant system or ideology. Possibly, they’ll wonder, “What if there is a better way than this?”
As a result, tyrants are doomed to fight an endless war against any and all ideas and principles that offer a better alternative to their rule based on terror and servitude. Eliminating freedom of choice is the only way to guarantee that people won’t rise up against the system at some point. They must also persuade the general public that alternative options are sacrilegious and potentially harmful. The system needs to become comprehensive, encompassing every aspect of human existence.
Concoct a fictitious moral conundrum
Independence is servitude; ignorance is power. The classic Orwellian paradox twists words and actions to justify dictatorship. The “greater good” religion is an extension of this perverted worldview; its adherents believe that any evil is acceptable if it serves some higher purpose. If there is a greater good, then what is it? It’s whatever the despots want it to be, usually whatever will help them consolidate their power. One might expect that a “greater” good would result in increased liberty and diminished apprehension, rather than the reverse.
When attempting to restrict people’s freedom of action, tyrants frequently present a false moral dilemma in which citizens are told that their liberties endanger the well-being of others and must be curtailed “for the greater good.” This point was central to the design of the original covid medical-tyranny experiment. What if the decision you made not to use a mask, not to quarantine yourself, and not to get a dubious vaccine negatively affected the health of hundreds, if not thousands, of other people? Does that make it okay to limit your options? Of course, these assertions are fiction, but in the midst of national panic, people may be persuaded to believe the paradox is true.
Expansion of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The need for conquest and enslavement is a hallmark of the psychopathic worldview, which, as previously mentioned, characterizes most tyrants. Their desire for power is insatiable, like that of a growing amoeba or the creature from The Blob.
People will be assured that they are only giving up one or two liberties, or that the restrictions on their liberties are only temporary. Obviously, this is always a lie. When tyrants gain more authority, they tend to cling to it like it’s their lifeblood. Then, of course, they’ll go looking for more authority, because it’s never enough as it is.
A Thanksgiving Day spread of epic proportions is laid out before the tyrant. You sit quietly, unable to reach the table, but with a small piece of bread in your hand. The only thing you have left, you hold dearly in the knowledge that it must last. The tyrant has more food than he could ever eat in a lifetime, and yet all he can think about is YOUR thinly slice of bread.
All he can think about, day and night, is why you’re eating that crust instead of him. He gnashes his teeth, frothing at the mouth, begging for your scraps. Then one day he makes up his mind that he won’t rest until he has your last piece of bread while you starve. His new life’s goal is to eat your leftovers and leave you destitute. We can’t even fathom a different outcome.
He’ll gladly take your last dollar if it means watching you cry over his theft. He intends to see your anguish as he takes away what will likely be your last meal. Next, he expects you to pretend your love for him is based on that fact alone.
An example of a psychopath’s thought process is given here. Why do their brains function this way? There are many theories but no one really knows for certain. They appear to be born this way, without a moral compass or ability to temper their craziness.
The bread-crust story is a metaphor, but it illustrates how psychopathic authoritarians view various freedoms – they are pieces of life that tyrants cannot tolerate you have in your possession. As soon as they realize you have that spark of hope and joy in your possession, they will stop at nothing to take it from you, resorting to any and all means necessary.
A thorough comprehension of tyranny is necessary before it can be overcome.
There will always be naive critics who claim it’s all pointless because it doesn’t “address solutions.” Decentralization, localism, organization, and revolution are all fine and good, but they amount to nothing if we don’t know what our enemies are thinking and how they operate. We have no chance of winning unless we fully understand them.
They are not intricate or particularly clever, but they keep at it until they succeed. The consequences of underestimating their need to maintain control would be catastrophic. That said, the one thing they value more than power is their own lives, and until these people are made to understand that their lives could be the cost of their compulsions they will never stop. There is no reasoning with them. There is no diplomacy or compromise. There is no middle ground. They will continue to take, or they will be disrupted. Knowing their mindset brings us several steps closer to shutting them down.
The mind can be a reliable worker but a cruel master. Planning, patient reflection, and learning from past mistakes to avoid repetition are just a few examples of how this wonderful tool can be put to use. The mind is the tool through which one acquires wisdom and training from experience in life. The mind must not be in charge, as it is for most people.
It’s important to strike a balance between your rational mind and your emotional self. It’s the connection between your rational mind and your emotional self. Take in the sunrise in all its glory; your heart will thank you. It is aware that life is experienced solely in the now.
There isn’t much time to do anything in this life. Who knows if you won’t be here tomorrow. Enjoy every moment of every day. There is just too much joy in life to waste it sitting on the sidelines. You have an important mission on earth and a name to make known. You have been bestowed with tremendous abilities, and you have been given a mission that will bring fulfilment to the lives of many.
Join a movement with your heart rather than your mind. Put on your seatbelt, because from here on out, your life is going to take off.