[August 5, 2018] I like explanative ideas that deviate from the norm yet also provide a surprising accounting of relevant socio-political phenomenon. A few months ago in a New York Post article, Ralph Peters wrote in an opinion piece giving his thoughts on why so many countries prefer tyranny over democracy. This is why I’m a fan of his; few people ask hard questions anymore.
I like the way Peters thinks and his ability to explain dynamic issues without making them overly complex or protracted. I wrote about his abilities in an article last year and, at the time, noted that Ralph Peters is an “unconventional, out-of-the-box thinker” who holds high allegiance to the U.S. and its people.
Peters notes that tyranny is on the rise for two basic reasons. First he notes that tyrants (especially those that follow communism) realized that spying on, imprisoning, and killing their citizens for private remarks against the regime was not working well. They have a sort of unwritten “agreement” to only destroy those citizens who openly and publically criticize the government. If you do it in private, that is now okay.
“Tyrants offer certainty. All you have to do is let them run things. It’s a deal too many humans gladly embrace.”- Ralph Peters1
Second, he believes that tyranny is on the rise because of basic human nature. People want security, certainty, and predictability; anything that threatens it is too risky and should be excised from society. Freedom is at the top of the list of threats to security. They see democracies as chaotic, bizarre, and insecure. They’ve seen the results of nations that recently adopted democratic forms of government and the results have not been good.
Ralph Peters considers this a very dangerous trend for the United States due to the outside threat. However, he believes that the U.S. Constitution is a major barrier against the slide toward tyranny despite those who cherry pick and distort our Constitution. Those who have impatience with our laws and culture will always be there but we should “stop whining and be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy.”