we have long focused on the qualities of the dictators who run the totalitarian state, seeking to lay blame at the feet of the dictator.
and, we have largely ignored the foundation of that state, the "condition" that makes such a state possible, for to examine this subject brings us perilously close to understanding.
the "foundation" of tyranny is the individual totalitarian citizen.
it is the intellect and psyche that says, i am afraid of my freedom, i am loathe to assume its responsibility, i am afraid of my neighbor, afraid to protect myself and my family, and i am afraid to be responsible for my own actions and future.
i wish security above all else.
i will happily give my freedom to the dictator, his minions and ilk, who will protect me from my fears. he may lie to me, he may restrict me in every manner do to and including the tedious aspect of my life and my thoughts, in return for security. i will celebrate my security, and my affinity to the group, and damn my pernicious individuality.
i have no use for thought, and seek only to be informed.
i will even cede to him the right to kill me as an example to instruct others, so long as it is to promote the well being of the collective, as guided by the dictator.
i will not fight for my freedom, nor refuse nor hinder nor question the collective will, and its legitimacy.
without this intellect and psyche, no totalitarian state may come in to existence, nor last. in short, the totalitarian state exists by the complicity of its subjects.
john jay 02.26.2015
p.s. it is, in fact, an egalitarianism of sorts, only gutless, and in the end, fatuous and dreary. full of borrowed aesthetic, and devoid utterly of creativity. in the end, the "citizen" forfeits soul for a safe drabness. the savagery of its birth gives way to stultifying boredom, ... , an eternal saturday night with nothing to do.