The “soft tyranny” of which I speak has and is being played out right before our eyes and has been for as long as we have had “progressives” in our government. Anyone who believes in a government over the people and not of the people is in this camp…and there are many of them. This is not a Republican versus Democrat issue; it is an issue of statists and statolatry (a combination sometimes referred to as “progressivism”, Marxism or communism) versus independence and individual freedom.
There are three steps common to this tyrannical process:
- Pick an individual liberty to focus on, preferably one that can be sold as a “threat” to good societal order and demonize it
- Offer a “common sense” solution – restrict that liberty through force of law, regulation or executive fiat
- Selectively enforce that law along ideological or arbitrary guidelines
The “gun control” debate offers two examples of how this tyranny is created.