“Tyranny, broadly defined, is the use of power to dehumanize the individual and delegitimize his nature. Political utopianism is tyranny disguised as a desirable, workable, and even paradisiacal governing ideology. There are, of course, unlimited utopian constructs, for the mind is capable of infinite fantasies. But there are common themes. The fantasies take the form of grand social plans or experiments, the impracticability and impossibility of which, in small ways and large, leads to the individual’s subjugation”.
From Ameritopia: the Unmaking of America by Mark Levin.
“Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law”. – Edward Abbey
Definition of TYRANNY
a : a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially :one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state
b : the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
Examples of TYRANNY
- The refugees were fleeing tyranny.
- He was dedicated to ending the tyranny of slavery.
- a nation ruled by tyranny
- She felt lost in the bureaucratic tyrannies of the university system.
- The king sought an absolute tyranny over the colonies.
- Cars freed Americans, already infamous for their mobility, from the tyranny of train schedules. —Cynthia Crossen, Wall Street Journal, 7 May 2003
- Berlin remains a central attraction, and the evanescence of tyranny is a highlight of the visit. —William F. Buckley, Jr., National Review, 27 Sept. 1999
- For in creating a cultural orthodoxy designed to combat racism, urban disorder, and a legacy of oppression, we subject ourselves to delusional dogma, the tyranny of conformity, and language that rings of fascist imagery. —Gerald Early, Harper’s, January 1997
Origin of TYRANNY
Middle English tyrannie, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannustyrant
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