some startling thoughts about authority in America, and why it’s often taken way too far….
Authoritarianism: favoring blind submission to authorities, favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. So no labor unions, no strikes, power lies with corporations, police, government.
In the last post in this series I gave a short history of the police in the Netherlands, and of the basic police training when I was the librarian at one of the police training schools from 1984 to 1992. That should help to put what I have to say about the police in America and American authoritarianism in general in context.
It seems to me that Americans have given too much authority to institutions, thereby relinquishing their rights they’re so proud of.
Take the president: The president has also been given too much authority, voluntarily and informally, usually by Republicans when the president is Republican. Notice how they revere the president almost…
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