More and more western governments are acting like a Mafia, especially the United States and the United kingdom. Why have we allowed our governments to become so powerful and to the point where most citizens actually fear their authority. As everybody knows, respect through fear is only fear and not respect at all. How do we correct this mistake and put our governments back in their place?
Here are a few relevant quotes to my question:
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. "
By Thomas Jefferson
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people"
From the movie V for Vendetta.
Of course our government could be a lot worse than it is, you only have to look at Iran or China to see this but this doesn’t mean it’s right or justified for a government to act like a Mafia.
As good examples, during these recent spending cuts their have been many protests and pleas from large numbers of people and not even once did the government even negotiate or reconsider an alternative. Its like the only democratic part of our government is the actual election and even that’s questionable considering nobody voted for a coalition. Its beyond a joke and it urgently needs sorting out before George Orwell gets categorised as a ‘PROPHET’ for his 1984 vision of our dystopian future.
Baroccoli: What a wonderful, thought provoking analogy. That is very interesting, very revealing perspective of behaviour. Thank you for taking the time to share that with me, I’d never heard that before.