BY NONA BLYTH CLOUD
Whenever a small group hungers for power over a larger group, the weapons they use are the same: Terror and Guile.
The larger the target area in geography, the greater the population, the more Guile must be the weapon of choice. Rhetoric and Dogma are smoke-screens of Guile – rarely, the lust for power drives a Power Seeker mad – but overwhelmingly Power Seekers have no belief in the politics or religion they espouse, and will revise or jettison a set of beliefs that fails to get them what they want.
Items high on any successful Power Seeker’s check list: Control of the Media and of Education. Freedom of the Press is not merely an ideal of democracy, it is a primary requirement. Enslaved peoples are always denied education – they are trained, not taught – a most important distinction.
But once a person can read, they have in their hands a great weapon in the struggle to become or remain Free.
All of the Arts are acts of rebellion. They kindle self-awareness and curiosity. Power-Seekers rightly distrust the Arts. They stop Arts programs in schools, cut government subsidies to the Arts, they forbid music and dancing, they destroy or subvert cultural treasures, but they spend fortunes to own Art, or they steal it outright. If they own it, they believe they control it.
The Guile of the Power Seekers can be undermined by Ridicule. It is hard to control people who see through your propaganda. The Emperor Has No Clothes. Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain. A ridiculous enemy is much less frightening, which diminishes their power. Continue reading