The Two Boots of Authoritarianism
By Gary Lloyd
"When the governments boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or
a right boot is of no consequence."
From: Destiny Worldwide <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2000 1:20 PM
Subject: Offshore Destiny, December 28, 2000
Mainstream political pundits waste endless amounts of time and effort condemning,
criticizing, and categorizing one political movement or another as right-wing or
left-wing. The merits (or otherwise) of one "wing" over another are a
point of never-ending obsession with reporters, academics, and similar self-proclaimed
Supposedly, right-wingers are "for" the elitists and trend toward fascism:
top-down control over an oppressed and helpless common people who are prevented from
reaching their true potential.
Supposedly, left-wingers are "for" the common people and trend toward socialism:
top-down control to ensure equality amongst all people, even the elite.
Like most mainstream discussions these days, such distinctions exist to provide only an
illusion of true differentiation, whilst
the underlying similarities (and therefore the points of legitimate concern) are ignored
or dismissed. Thus the appearance of constructive debate is maintained while more
fundamental issues remain almost completely unrecognized.
What the mainstream media conveniently forgets is that inevitably, both right and left
wing ideologies, taken to their logical conclusions, converge toward the same
objective of totalitarianism - regardless of those ideological origins. This is
because in order to enforce a stated objective, both fascism and socialism must exert
greater and greater control over a nation's finances and social policies.
In the end, the only difference is the label used to justify the force-backed oppression.
Both socialism and fascism have the same ultimate objective of controlling people at the
expense of their individual rights.
Those who doubt this should be reminded that the traditionally condemned archetype for a
fascist state was none other than Nazi Germany and paradoxically, the term
"Nazi" comes from the name of Hitler's political machine "The National
Whether a dictator or a comrade, leaders of both wings aspire to the same Big Brother
ideal. Therefore theleft-wing/right-
wing two dimensional distinction is ultimately useless in attempting to define a political
ideology and the evolution of a party (or
A much better way to examine politics is to orient political ideologies along a state
control/individual control axis. In other words, which entity (government or
individual) has the most power under the prevailing regime?
At one extreme of this new spectrum would be Big Brother's dream State of perfect
government control over every conceivable action committed by the individuals under its
power - in other words, unmitigated totalitarianism.
At the other extreme would be a non-existent state where each individual is left to fend
for himself/herself and construct his/her own code of conduct and law - in other words,
Now we have a reference point by which we can measure the "protection" offered
by a political ideal vs. the "freedom" offered by the ideal. Maximum
protection results in minimal freedom (and privacy), since the perfect high-security state
is one in which Big Brother knows everything. In a free society unencumbered by the
state, an individual has few if any state-backed emergency resources to utilize in an
emergency, therefore there is little protection available.
All political ideologies can be plotted somewhere along the state control/individual
control axis. Libertarianism is without a
doubt the one closest to complete individual control, and totalitarian regimes such as the
ones imposed by Stalin or Mao
would lie very close to the complete state control point.
However, a problem arises when trying to compare ideologies with different types (but
similar levels) of state intervention into
personal affairs. This is most apparent when trying to evaluate the relative merits
of conservatism vs. liberalism. In other
words, the traditional argument of right wing vs. left wing.
To accomodate such a distinction, we can add another dimension to our existing
"straight line" definition measuring protection
Imagine a two-by-two matrix turned on its corner. In other words, a box divided
internally into four smaller squares and
turned 45 degrees so that it resembles a diamond.
In the top square, write "Totalitarianism: High Degrees of State Control Over Both
Financial and Social Policy." Examples: Soviet Russia, Myanmar/Burma, Communist
China, and Communist Cuba.
In the left hand square, write "Liberalism: High Degree of State Control Over
Financial Policy, Low Degree of State Control Over Social Policy." Examples:
In the right hand square, write "Conservatism: High Degree of State Control Over
Social Policy, Low Degree of State Control
Over Financial Policy." Examples: USA, Singapore.
In the bottom square, write: "Libertarianism: Low Degrees of State Control Over Both
Financial and Social Policy." Examples:
No known libertarian countries at this time.
Now we have a convenient picture onto which all political ideologies can be mapped,
including the all-important "state
control vs. individual control" variable.
Just because a particular country may fall into (for example) the Conservative square does
not mean it is identical to all other
countries in that square, i.e. Singapore does not equal the US. They could both be plotted
as different "points" within the
And needless to say, those "points" are not fixed in place, but change position
as a country's political ideology evolves. Most
readers of this newsletter would heartily agree that the US is steadily sliding up and
towards the left of the Conservative
square, seemingly hell-bent on making the crossover to the odious Totalitarian square
unless halted by more moderate forces.
In fact, the worldwide trend right now seems to be that nations are steadily creeping
upwards towards the "ideal" of total top-
down control by the State. This is most disturbing to those of us who prize
individual freedom and liberty, but there is one
In opposition to "Totalitarian Creep" is the Internet. Of course,
cyberspace is not true "nation", but it is nevertheless a
large grouping of individuals with some common roots (which is close enough to be
considered a "nation" for the purposes of this discussion). And of course
the Internet is about as Libertarian a nation as is likely to exist anywhere, despite the
certain control-minded governments in France, China, the Middle East, and other areas to
restrict its content.
So will the official dogma of "Big Brother is good for you!" win the day, or
will the freewheeling Internet's explosive growth and
dynamism (itself a testament to the power of individual freedom) be too much for the
Statists to handle?
We suspect that matters will get worse before they get better, largely because of the
misinformation campaign waged by the
Establishment to further its goals. Certainly one small weapon that could be used
against this campaign is the willingness of political commentators to use the 2 X 2
Political Matrix in place of their idiotic and pointless Right vs. Left arguments.
If the matrix picture is deemed too difficult to explain to a dumbed down population,
using the simpler axis of State Control vs. Individual Control would at least be a far
superioralternative than a right-left discussion that is ultimately meaningless.
Those following the US election should realise that neither of the two major parties are
oriented toward a lower level of State
control. They are merely using different labels as they proceed upon the path of
"Totalitarian Creep." Having said that, the
Republicans are creeping more slowly than the Democrats (perhaps buying the freedom and
liberty-minded a little more time), but ultimately it will all be the same unless they are
stopped by an enlightened and motivated population. As goes the US, so goes the
world, in our opinion.
We are long-term very hopeful about the future of freedom and liberty, but we suspect that
darker days are ahead in the short
term. This is why we at Offshore Destiny are speaking out so strongly against Big
Brother. We would like to believe (and empower our readers to believe) that together
we can either diminish or shorten the Dark Age of Government Oppression before the
eventual Renaissance and approaching Golden Age of Freedom.
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