My admiration for Tucker Carlson grows daily:
Carlson has nailed a key, if largely unnoticed, development: the rise of the Passive-Aggressive Tyrant. Justin Trudeau qualifies. Though a figurehead rather than an actual president, Joe Biden qualifies. Are there others in the First World? Emmanuel Macron, perhaps? I await the evaluations from European readers of Liberty’s Torch.
The PAT hopes not to be recognized for what he is, i.e., a totalitarian with good manners. He wouldn’t impress a “traditional” tyrant. That sort screams, gesticulates, and pronounces all sorts of dooms upon his enemies…who, of course, are everywhere. People in high places! (Their names would astound you.) People in low places! (Hiding their activities beneath a cloak of poverty…)
Ahem. Excuse me, Gentle Reader. I had a “moment” there, but it has passed. Anyway, the PAT is now an established figure in the Lowerarchy of contemporary politics. The great tyrants of yore might not fear losing their places to him, but he’s certainly something for us to beware. He has his reasons, you see. He tyrannizes us out of a sense of responsibility. He’s very sorry, but he has to take away your rights. It’s “for the good of the nation,” you see. And by skillful exploitation of his media alliances and his general politesse, he manages to seduce a fair number of otherwise sensible people into going along with him…just enough to give him the illusion of “the consent of the governed.”
Tyranny executed with Canadian courtesy is no better than the sort exercised by a screamer in a funny uniform.
Carlson notes that the very same sort of tyranny is already at work in these United States. We don’t equal Canada’s national Politeness Quotient. We swear a lot more, and besides, a lot of us carry guns. But deliberate abridgements of our rights have been taking place under a “public good” rationale since early in 2020. The people conducting those abridgements do so with sorrowful faces. They strive to assure us of the “necessity,” always with the sotto voce proviso that when the “emergency” ends, so will the abridgements.
But they’re lying. Most of us know it now. Some of us knew it from the start.
This is the trajectory of government. Every government, without exception, eventually degenerates into a tyranny. Whether through incompetence or crisis, a strongman will rise. He’s usually waiting in the wings for his chance.
Don’t imagine that a political party will save you:
“Even the iron hand of a national dictator is preferable to a paralytic stroke.” – Alf Landon, governor of Kansas and 1936 candidate for President, in a letter to newly elected president Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
“If this nation ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now.” – David Reed, United States Senator of Pennsylvania, on the floor of the Senate, 1933
Both the above men were Republicans.
The Passive-Aggressive Tyrant is nevertheless a tyrant. Anarcho-tyranny is tyranny withal.
Time to hunker down, Gentle Reader. But do read this Baseline Essay first.