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  •  So here's the problem... (2+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, tardis10

    The natural authoritarian solution to the problem of authoritarians is... identify them and keep them out of positions of power, specifically the double-highs.

    But, assuming that can be done reliably, how can it be done ethically? Democratically? And do we even know it would work? Is there any way it could be tested?

    This diary began with a quote from Heinlein and he actually came up with a solution - at least in fiction. He wrote a story "Revolt in 2100" in which a second American Revolution overthrew a theocracy that had been spawned by a fundamentalist preacher and financed by a rich follower. (A scenario that looks more plausible all the time.)

    The solution they came up with for dealing with double high authoritarian leaders and would be followers was to turn a large portion of the American heartland into "Coventry". Anyone who was identified as such was free to hold their opinions - unless they used some kind of coercion to try to impose them on others.

    Identified as such by skilled psychometricians, they were exiled to Coventry, a multi-state region that had been surrounded by an impenetrable force field. (The barrier.) Society did not impose its view on them - it removed them to a place where they could have total freedom to practice their beliefs - and the consequences of them without forcing them on anyone else.

    Of course, this being a work of fiction, Heinlein was able to postulate a psychology advanced to the point where rational versus irrational behavior could be defined well enough make these kinds of distinctions - and a society ethical enough to eschew using that same psychology to remold minds against their owner's will.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:42:08 PM PST

    •  Re: so here's the problem (0+ / 0-)

      Hi xaxnar -

      The natural authoritarian solution to the problem of authoritarians is... identify them and keep them out of positions of power, specifically the double-highs.
      Yep.
      But, assuming that can be done reliably, how can it be done ethically? Democratically? And do we even know it would work? Is there any way it could be tested?
      Depends upon whether you're a high SDO or not . . . :)

      It can be done democratically. At the polls. I'm not being flippant. I really believe that. But just in case, I have renewed my passport and my bags are packed . . . :)

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:47:07 PM PST

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