4.4 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to:- Psychological Identification with the Tyrant (1 of 10)

April 4th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.


Civil disobedience. . . is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience

Sometimes people identify with the tyrant as an extension of their family or ethnic networking. They may feel loyalty to the regime or system similar to the loyalty that they feel to their favorite soccer club.

This is particularly true if they have shared the experience of some dramatic historical events, such as a struggle for independence or a series of wars.

However, a nonviolent movement can emphasize that although the tyrant looks like he represents the people he rules, in actuality he does not have their best interests in mind, and is frequently exploiting resources in order to personally enrich himself.

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