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What to Expect?
- They will come to power with a campaign based on fear, scaremongering and distorting the truth. Nevertheless, their victory will be achieved through a democratic electoral process. But beware, as this will be their argument every time you question the legitimacy of their actions. They will claim a mandate from the People to change the system.
Remember – gaining power through a democratic system does not give them permission to cross legal boundaries and undermine said democracy.
- They will divide and rule. Their strength lies in unity, in one voice and one ideology, and so should yours. They will call their supporters Patriots, the only “true Americans”. You will be labelled as traitors, enemies of the state, unpatriotic, the corrupt elite, the old regime trying to regain power. Their supporters will be the “People”, the “sovereign” who chose their leaders.
Don’t let them divide you – remember you’re one People, one Nation, with one common good.
- Through convoluted laws and threats they will try to control mainstream media and limit press freedom. They will ban critical press from their briefings, calling them “liars”, “fake news”. They will brand those media as “unpatriotic”, acting against the People (see point 2).
Fight for every media outlet, every journalist that is being banned, censored, sacked or labelled an “enemy of the state” – there’s no hope for freedom where there is no free press.
- They will create chaos, maintain a constant sense of conflict and danger. It will be their argument to enact new authoritarian laws, each one further limiting your freedoms and civil liberties. They will disguise them as being for your protection, for the good of the People.
See through the chaos, the fake danger, expose it before you wake up in a totalitarian, fascist state.
- They will distort the truth, deny facts and blatantly lie. They will try to make you forget what facts are, sedate your need to find the truth. They will feed “post-truths” and “alternative facts”, replace knowledge and logic with emotions and fiction.
Always think critically, fact-check and point out the truth, fight ignorance with facts.
- They will incite and then leak fake, superficial “scandals”. They will smear opposition with trivial accusations, blowing them out of proportion and then feeding the flame. This is just smokescreen for the legal steps they will be taking towards totalitarianism.
See through superficial topics in mainstream media (see point 3) and focus on what they are actually doing.
- They will propose shocking laws to provoke your outrage. You will focus your efforts on fighting them, so they will seemingly back off, giving you a false sense of victory. In the meantime they will push through less “flashy” legislation, slowly dismantling democracy (see points 4 and 6).
Focus your fight on what really matters.
- When invading your liberal sensibilities they will focus on what hurts the most – women and minorities. They will act as if democracy was majority rule without respect for the minority. They will paint foreigners and immigrants as potential threats. Racial, religious, sexual and other minorities will become enemies to the order and security they are supposedly providing. They will challenge women’s social status, undermine gender equality and interfere with reproductive rights (see point 7). But it means they are aware of the threat women and minorities pose to their rule, so make it your strength.
Women and minorities should fight the hardest, reminding the majority what true democracy is about.
- They will try to take control of the judiciary. They will assault your highest court. They need to remove the checks and balances to be able to push through unconstitutional legislation. Controlling the judiciary they can also threat anyone that defies them with prosecution, including the press (see point 3).
Preserve the independence of your courts at all cost, they are your safety valve, the safeguard of the rule of law and the democratic system.
- They will try to limit freedom of assembly, calling it a necessity for your security. They will enact laws prioritizing state events and rallies, or those of a certain type or ideology. If they can choose who can demonstrate legally, they have a legal basis to forcefully disperse or prosecute the rest.
Oppose any legislation attempting to interfere with freedom of assembly, for whatever reason.
- They will distort the language, coin new terms and labels, repeat shocking phrases until you accept them as normal and subconsciously associate them with whom they like. A “thief”, “liar” or “traitor” will automatically mean the opposition, while a “patriot” or a “true American” will mean their follower (see point 2). Their slogans will have double meaning, giving strength to their supporters and instilling angst in their opponents.
Fight changes in language in the public sphere, remind and preserve the true meaning of words.
- They will take over your national symbols, associate them with their regime, remake them into attributes of their power. They want you to forget that your flag, your anthem and your symbols belong to you, the People, to everyone equally. Don’t let them be hijacked. Use and expose them in your fight as much as they do.
Show your national symbols with pride, let them give you strength, not associate you with the tyranny they brought onto your country.
- They will try to rewrite history to suit their needs and use the education system to support their agenda. They will smear any historical or living figure who wouldn’t approve of their actions, or distort their image to make you think they would. They will place emphasis on historical education in schools, feeding young minds with the “only correct” version of history and philosophy. They will raise a new generation of voters on their ideology, backing it with a distorted interpretation of history and view of the world.
Guard the education of your children, teach them critical thinking, ensure their open-mindedness and protect your real history and heritage.
- They will alienate foreign allies and partners, convincing you don’t need them. They won’t care for the rest of the world, with their focus on “making your country great again”. While ruining your economy to fulfil their populist promises, they will omit the fact that you’re part of a bigger world whose development depends on cooperation, on sharing and on trade.
Don’t let them build walls promising you security instead of bridges giving you prosperity.
- They will eventually manipulate the electoral system. They might say it’s to correct flaws, to make it more fair, more similar to the rest of the world, or just to make it better. Don’t believe it. They wouldn’t be messing with it at all if it wasn’t to benefit them in some way.
Oppose any changes to electoral law that an authoritarian regime wants to enact – rest assured it’s only to help them remain in power longer.
EVERY authoritarian, totalitarian and fascist regime in history eventually failed, thanks to the PEOPLE.
– With love, your Eastern European friends
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137 Comments on "YEAR 1 Under Authoritarianism"
Liberals believe anything spoon feed to them in mass media.
They are at the core morally compromised.
Liberals care about everyone. You have a problem with that apparently, which means u are morally compromised. I fact check everything, can you say the same?
And Gender+male can’t think for himself, if at all enough than to repeat the alternative facts straight from the proven unreliable Fox and Brietbart “News” sources.
Don’t worry Gendermale. The free (liberal ) press will soon be gone. Many of the responses in the original post will be impossible without it. Totalitarianism must be fought in the streets, not in the press. Indignation is not enough.
Obviously you never heard of” The pen is mightier than the sword!
Feel as “triggered” as you want to, pal. You and your ilk are in the minority, not only in the U.S. but in the entire world.
YOU morally vacuous MFs started this shit. Just don’t forget that.
Get ready for the storm, hater…
Gender+male is a fucking moron who represents everything that is wrong, ignorant, and evil in America. People like him need to be deported to someplace like North Korea or Mars.
Hatred is not the answer.
How can I help?
well I’m focusing on creating other language versions (other than PL and ES, those are in progress) and getting with it to the mainstream US press, if you can help with any of those it would be great! Thanks!
Women of America are waking up, we are standing up to this regime and we will fight for ALL our rights.
We the people… Mr. Trump
Exactly what Hitler, Franco, Assad and the rest of the tyrants did to their countries. Syria is still going through the hell of Assad and nothing is being done to take him down. Let all of us band together and clear this world of inhumans like these
I would like to know how Steve Bannon, just walked into so much POWER! Bannon, has no right having so much power without being confirmed or vetted. We need to stop this madness NOW!
And WE will, Ed!
omg I soooo agree with you!
WHAT is WRONG with the REPUBLICANS in the SENATE? ????
He is destroying your democracy too! Do you have children and grandchildren? Don’t you see how The Co-Presidents are taking over our country? Are you AFRAID of them? Stand up to THEM now while you can!
Thank you. Wow, so true as events are unfolding. True to form.
Maybe you should also have this in different languages. Please have a Filipino version. Thanks. ☺
I’d love to, but I’d need to have it first 🙂 If you can translate it or have someone who would, I’d love to add it. We’re working on Polish, Turkish & possibly Hungarian versions as we speak.
Thank you so much!! Could you also translate the other pages? We’ll get it up asap. You can email the whole thing to me at email@example.com. Thanks!!
You RAWK, Martin!
We here in the Unites States WILL endure!!
Thank you Paul! Yes you will! You are the strongest democracy in the world after all!
I can help you do a Spanish translation if needed. I think it would be great!
so, any chance for the Spanish translation you offered? Would be great to have one! Thanks
Absolutely! You can download the pdf and make a translation based on that, then email it to me. I will gladly add a Spanish version. Thanks so much!
Off topic but you may also want to add some captcha to your comment section so you don’t get botted.
Good point. For the moment I’m removing spam manually. I’ll try to get it done, thanks. Cheers
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It’s scary that we need this…
This is kellyanne Conways playbook
I think it is Bannon. Seriously the puppeteer.
I totally agree! People seem too stunned for action., especially Congress.
It would be nice to have historical examples for each point. Thank you for posting this.
I was thinking the same. Let’s have some citation to back up the statement.
Take a look at Turkey!
Sadly, all the points can be illustrated with recent developments in Poland. The whole thing looks like the PiS party’s checklist of things to do.
Take it easy and make sure you’re not under influence of those who want to “come to power with a campaign based on fear, scaremongering and distorting the truth”.
Don’t forget: polish constitution was first in Europe and second in the World…
This is exactly what’s happening here right now! In one week he’s ticked off most of those already! We need to wake up people! Why isn’t this in the news???
Thank you so much! EVERY American should read this before it’s too late!
We are! 👍
Great blog Stan! Lets combine all our individual experience in one global knowledge base for democratic strength and peaceful future.
Thank you. I think the ship has sailed for number 2. The right wingers just don’t care about facts.
This reads like the Obama playbook.
And what a great playbook it is!
This is not about Obama. This is about American Freedom. You need to get over Obama and Clinton. You have an new reason to worry, but don’t realize it yet.
Give me a break. Look around.Let me guess: you are a white male who likes it when women know their place
You are a victim of a ruthless, long-term propaganda campaign. Help is available to deprogram you. The first step is admitting you have a problem. Critical thinking programs are available. We’ll all help you.
No, like Trump
No it sounds like Hitler and Trump is following in his footsteps and that’s what we have to be afraid of
Nice try, Trumpie.
Please provide examples for each point showing how Obama did any of the listed actions. Links to actual laws he signed and/or actual quotes of his statements would be preferable. Looking forward to reading your response.
oh yeah, Obama was such a ruthless tyrant indeed!
It’s funny how you didn’t mind working for a guy who was one of the leaders of totalitarian Communist Party of Poland before 1989, during his Parliamentary elections campaign in 2007, and how you’re suddenly against “authoritarian regime”.
Mr. Gender+male is exhibit A, the result of the first few steps. Create fake scandals. Create a sense of fear. Accuse opposition of not being a real American.
Thank you for your support
Właśnie od tego mamy przedstawicieli, takich jak Szanowny Gospodarz, który jeździ po Niemczech, rozmawia tam z ludźmi ze świecznika – gdzie ja, prosty robol, miałbym na to czas i możliwości. Ale niestety, “elity” wolą grać na siebie, niż zadawać niewygodne pytania, po im to by jeszcze karierę przetrąciło.
Jeżeli chcesz, żeby Niemcy Cię szanowali i poznali Twój punkt widzenia, powiedz to im, zamiast marudzić wśród Polaków, że Cię nie szanują. Oczywiście możesz się obrazić, nie odzywać i wypiąć na nich, wyglądając dokładnie jak polnische Schweine, za jaką Cię uważają i mieć gwarancję, że to się nie zmieni.
WHAT is BULLSHIT about it. Funny how you Trumpanzees are always getting upset when your Messiah and his plans to destroy democracy are exposed. This is right on target.
A zaproszenia od fundacji Friedricha Naumanna przyjmował Pan wiedząc, czy nie wiedząc kim był ten niemiecki polityk i jaką promował koncepcję zagospodarowania “mitteleuropy”?
Świetna ilustracja moich punktów 2 i 8, dzięki!!