Incremental Steps to Dictatorship

by Teresa Morris

"Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice' is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity." Thomas Sowell 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." Edmund Burke)
"If you by any means forget the Lord your God and follow other gods... you shall surely perish." Deuteronomy 8:19

History shows us that as free nations become complacent, they become vulnerable to manipulation. Most dictatorships rise gradually -- a step at a time. Smooth talking politicians make each incremental step seem reasonable, because the masses are blind to the tides of change. The wisdom of Wendell Phillips fades away: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Austria illustrates the power of gradualism. In 1933, it was a free nation. In 1934, its government began to centralize its power and welcome the influence of Nazi sympathizers. By 1938, it had become a Nazi dictatorship.

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