4.12 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to:- Indifference (9 of 10)

April 12th, 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.

Tyrant:- A ruler who is exercising absolute power by violating rule of law.
Fascist:- A ruler who is abusing the human rights of oppositions and perceived enemies.

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

Many people obey simply because the cost of not doing so seems at that moment to be more trouble than it is worth. Some also declare that they have no more interest in or association with politics.

However, if laws are passed that restrict basic rights and freedom, and intrude on this zone of indifference, people may become motivated to act.

Nonviolent movements need to find ways to show the public that indifference actually contributes to their oppression and the erosion of individual liberties. A major obstacle to be considered is that most people who feel they have no interest, enthusiasm, or concern for politics are people who are receptive to the tyrant’s propaganda that spins around the idea that: “trouble only comes to those who make trouble”

“Politically indifferent people” are actually those who have succumbed to the tyrant’s propaganda.

The main reason of indifference is backlash.
Backlash is the effort of tyrants/fascists to frustrate the efforts of democratic movements and civil societies to bring about democratic change.

To understand the specific description of backlash, WATCH THE SHORT UTUBE REPORT BELOW: