4.10 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to:- Superhuman Factors (7 of 10)

April 10th, 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.

REFUSE TO OBEY THE TYRANT!!!
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. . . is not our problem. OUR PROBLEM IS CIVIL OBEDIENCE

If people disobey, sabotage and withdraw their support, the Tyrant cannot rule!
YES!!!…If people do not obey, the Tyrant cannot rule!

Sometimes god-like character or superhuman features are attached to rulers.
GOD DOES NOT GIVE POLITICAL POWER, PEOPLE PROVIDE IT.

From the ancient concept of the “divine right of kings” (the belief that kings were chosen and blessed by a higher power) to ideological “superhuman” leaders like Adolph Hitler or Mao Tse Tung, to theocratic regimes in which there is a fusion of religion and the state, there are a variety of societies where disobeying the ruler or his/her representatives is seen as a form of sacrilege.

Power can be given to the ruler willingly, like in democratic societies, or people can be coerced to give it, against their own will, or they can simply be apathetic, and relinquish that power because they don’t care and they don’t think their actions can lead to any change.
This is why nonviolent campaigns are so important: They make people aware that their actions CAN and DO make change.
This is especially true when people are unified and act together in nonviolent and strategically coordinated ways.

To View How Some of the World’s Strong, Ruthless and Powerful Tyrants Crumbled through a Force of Civil Resistance, WATCH THE SHORT UTUBE REPORT BELOW: