By Chris Rossini
There are always authoritarians mixed throughout the human population. These are people who have chosen to believe they should be the boss of, not only themselves, but everyone else as well. The most notorious authoritarians have always been tied to government in some way, since government is force.
But authoritarianism is not exclusive to government. People in any field or occupation can have the same lust to dominate as any politician can. But again, because of the nature of government being force, authoritarians are usually drawn to it like a magnet.
These misguided individuals are difficult because they never want to leave anyone else alone. In their minds, they can't leave others alone. They're supposed to tell everyone else what to do.
This can be quite daunting at times, especially when authoritarians have a lot of believers that want to be told what to do. This reinforcing relationship of the blind leading the blind will then drag society as a whole into a downward spiral.
Fortunately, there are always limits, and it's important to keep in mind some key thoughts, especially when the downward spiral escalates:
Now, as liberating as the above is, does this mean authoritarians are a non-issue? No it does not! Authoritarians are actors in this world, just like everyone else. As such, they choose their values and beliefs and then act on them. Those actions create consequences and results.
Those consequences, because they come from misguided beliefs and actions, produce bad results for everyone else. Much of human history, and especially the 1900's has been dominated heavily by authoritarian ideas. Hundreds of millions have perished as a consequence of those misguided ideas and subsequent actions.
Those ideas, in case you haven't noticed, are still believed and embraced by many individuals today. They want to believe that authoritarian ideas can produce different results.
So, authoritarians are a serious issue, always.
The antidote to a bad idea is a good idea: individual liberty.
When the ideas of individual liberty dominate, the authoritarians have to take a back seat, and society goes into an upward spiral.
Authoritarian ideas are never gone. They are always a choice for people to accept and embrace. So the best that can happen (in any time period) is that authoritarianism is kept at bay. And the only way for it to be kept at bay is for enough individuals to accept and embrace the glorious ideas of liberty.