“How to Be a Successful Tyrant” (The Megalomaniac Manifesto), an interesting book published in 2006 by Larken Rose, is now more than ever coherent. We see everywhere how the corona crisis is being exploited by politicians hungry of power. The author of the book published a video on Youtube reading some paragraphs from chapter 2 pointing to some methods about how to become a successful tyrant.
Exploiting fear as a tool
In the video above the author starts explaining that the book is written as a manual for someone trying to be a tyrant so when it says you it’s talking to somebody trying to be at a tyrant.
He continues reading…
Almost all oppression via propaganda is based upon scaring people and then presenting a false choice where the people can choose either to do what you want them to do or face some unknown often purely fictional horror.
This is not the method of the common thug which can be summarized as do this or I will hurt you. A successful modern tyrant never presents himself as the thing to be afraid of as doing so would obviously create resentment and hatred in the peasantry and that leads to resistance.
Everything to be feared or TBF with which you terrorize your peasants must be presented as some separate outside evil that only you can save them from. You must present the simple choice between obedience to you and the threat of some unpleasant happening, which does not appear to be of your doing in which you pretend to lament the existence of. In short, you must deceive and scare the citizens into voluntarily giving up their freedom.
“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion” Edmund Burke
A simple example would be making up a plague of some sort and shirring people that millions are doomed to die and then claiming that giving you a lot of money in control is the only hope of averting disaster.
Or perhaps instead of making up a disease you can pick a real disease grossly exaggerated the risk it poses to the peasants whip them into a frenzy and then present yourself as their only hope for salvation, which of course will require you to be given much wealth and power.
Recent history gives many examples to build upon such as aids anthrax mad cow disease etc. Even the common flu can be used to spread alarm and panic in the peasantry. concludes Larken Rose.
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