25 September 2008

the closed circle of the 'strong man' theory of governance

the "strong man" as ruler/decider has always been a part of human society's history. the desire to have and empower a single person with unquestionable and unaccountable authority has periodically been sought by populations disproportionately lagging and in fear of "others".
with such a 'unitary' formula for leadership comes the natural correlaries of 'might makes right' and decision/direction making from the 'top down' rather than consensus or consent of the governed.

the 'lone decider' also inherently embodies the insecurities that mark both the populace advocating and acquiescing to it, and almost always the person who seeks it's pinnacle. the insecure person requires real power to offset their self-known inadequacies, as does the populace. thus, the insecurities compel the need for power, yet power waxes and wanes, thus eventually creating more insecurities, that in their turn demand more power. and the circle, be unbroken. at least until the day of total collapse. then the process begins all over again