The Soft Embrace of Tyranny

Re-imagining the march of tyranny

When I was younger, I imagined tyranny coming in the guise of some sort of foreign invader or openly despotic…

As I’ve grown older, though, I’ve begun to realize that this is not how tyranny typically comes. It will not be a hard push, but rather a soft embrace. It will not be the overt display of police and military power, rather it will be a silent threat fronted by smiling faces who “want what’s best.” Tyranny will promise security and order, as long as the rules are followed and one doesn’t look behind the curtain to unmask the implicit threats underlying the whole system.

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