Authoritarian America

Strike the Root
by Barry Tudor

04/05/07

I submit that the United States we call home has long ago become an authoritarian form of government. According to Wikipedia, democracies rarely exhibit much authoritarian behavior, except in transition to/from authoritarian states or when martial law is imposed (during war, for example). Many (if not most) citizens of authoritarian states do not perceive their state as authoritarian until late in its development. … Consider the Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary definition of authoritarian: 1. of, or relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority. 2. of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or elite not constitutionally responsible to the people. An elite, not constitutionally responsible to the people. So I have a benchmark to go by. We do have a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights. Our leaders are oft described as elite. Let me see …

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