Protocol No. 1-21

WE ARE DESPOTS

21. It is only with a despotic ruler that plans can be elaborated extensively and clearly in such a way as to distribute the whole properly among the several parts of the machinery of the State: from this the conclusion is inevitable that a satisfactory form of government for any country is one that concentrates in the hands of one responsible person. Without an absolute despotism there can be no existence for civilization which is carried on not by the masses but by their guide, whosoever that person may be. The mob is savage, and displays its savagery at every opportunity. The moment the mob seizes freedom in its hands it quickly turns to anarchy, which in itself is the highest degree of savagery.

My father once asked if I stopped at stop signs because I feared getting in an accident or getting a ticket. This point of view is so much like the above excerpt. I responded that I stopped at stop signs because there was a collective agreement among all drivers to stop at stop signs.  The rules of driving are in the nature of collective agreement much like common law was in the beginning.

We collectively agree to drive on the right hand side of the road here in America. Other countries might do differently. The social mores of any society are collectively agreed upon and not thrust upon us by one individual.

Further the “code of the west” evolved out of a lawless frontier. Anarchy is not the enemy. Mention is made of the “perfect” form of government. That too is old news.

The perfect form of government has existed virtually unchanged for thousands of years. It is the military and totalitarian in the extreme. In real life neither anarchy or military occupation are valid. They are both extreme positions that can not be tolerated by the human collective for long periods of time.

One part of the population will find too much freedom unacceptable and long for structure and organization. The other part will chafe at restriction and the lack of creativity.

So it has always been and so it will always be. The best we can hope for is an uneasy compromise somewhere in the middle. Society is dynamic and constantly in a state of flux. Any government needs to be flexible enough to address needed changes but conservative enough to not split the population apart.

In summary a military government or totalitarian government is not the answer to societies problems. This would be especially true of a despotic military government.

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