You Keep Using the Term “Authoritarian”

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“You know the term ‘authoritarian.’ You think you know what it means. An authoritarian dad, boss, or government says: my way or the highway. They are forever barking orders and see compliance as the answer to all human problems. There is no room for uncertainty, adaptation to time and place, or negotiation. It’s ruling by personal dictate while tolerating no dissent. To be authoritarian is to be inhumane, to rule with arbitrary and capricious imposition. It can also mean to be ruled impersonally by a machine regardless of the cost. Sounds like a conventional government bureaucracy, right? Indeed. Think of the Department of Motor Vehicles.” (06/24/24)