Totalitarianism in America

“No human being ought to be considered better than any other simply because he has accumulated wealth or authority. World history has shown again and again that it is dangerous for a society to have individuals with too much power. I am sure the main reason that no dictator or militarist has been able to come to power in the United States is that we have such strong traditions as a nation of individuals who refuse to worship power for its own sake, and because our Constitution provides for the separation and balance of powers as a guarantee against any one person or branch of the government becoming too powerful. But we cannot be reminded too often that our freedom depends on our preserving these traditions at all costs; that some threat to them arises in every generation; and that if we lose them we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. If, as I believe, authoritarianism is on the rise in our society, accompanied by an increase in the blind worship of power, the great current threat to our freedom comes not from foreign powers or domestic political minorities, but from the dangers of excessive power-worship among a majority of us.

“Authoritarians are typically in awe of historical figures, like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller (Undercurrents: add Bill Gates), who gained fame for accumulating great wealth and power, who were able to climb to the very top of the establishment and to enforce their will on so many others. Seldom willing to take the risks necessary to accumulate great influence or power themselves, authoritarians fantasize about the powerful and wealthy as one of their most universal characteristics…”

—Dr. Wayne Dyer, The Sky’s the Limit (1980), p. 70

Mass Hallucination