Tyranny is the rule by a single authoritative entity, be it an individual or a group, for the good of itself rather than the good of those ruled. Consequently, the concerns of those who are ruled are important to the rulers only, insofar as the ruler needs to keep them happy, controlled, or productive. Since providence for the sake of the people oftentimes means sacrifice on the part of the ruler, tyrants are typically oppressive across the board of human rights and dignity. Antiquity defined a tyrant as one who has absolute authority, but as this so often leads to the corruption of rulers, tyranny becomes associated with the abuse of absolute authority.If one considers the rule of the ANC since 1994, it is surprising (I suppose) how swiftly the ANC has moved from democracy to tyranny.The ANC is a populist party. Populism can be defined as an ideology, political philosophy, or type of discourse. It can also be defined as a rhetorical style employed by members of various political or social movements (a form of mobilization that is essentially devoid of theory or truth). It is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as "political ideas and activities that are intended to represent ordinary people's needs and wishes". It can be understood as any political discourse that appeals to the general mass of the population, to the "people" as such, regardless of class distinctions and political partisanship: "a folksy appeal to the 'average guy' or some allegedly general will." Populist discourse frequently (often, but not always, in the Latin American case) buttresses an authoritarian top-down process of political mobilization in which the leader addresses the masses without the mediation of either parties or institutions.Populism usually excludes those who are "intellectual" or, having the benefit the understanding and knowledge, of history, can distinguish truth from folly. The ANC continue their discourse on matters that matter to the average South African in a way that underlines their decline into tyranny.This is not new to South Africans.The National Party came into power in 1948 on the back of its populist vote. The unemployed, uneducated and poor whites (including English speakers) were willing to vote for the Nationalist Party in the hope of improving their circumstances which were, at the time, quite dire indeed. The world had just emerged from a war and the poor whites were suffering under a lack of econimoc activity and opportunity. In order to succeed as a party, the NP garnered its vote amongst the Afrikaans speaking voters (exclusing the English that had also voted for them), and low and behold, invented affirmative action in South Africa. It is quite important to know this. Suddenly, white English speakers were excluded from, most tiers of government employ. Not only at the top tier of government, but ordinary municipal bus mechanics, firemen, bus drivers, train drivers, post office workers, telecommunications, municipal employees, traffic officers, army officers, and a host of positions only the broederbond could imagine.At the start it was "accepted" as the will of the people, but gradually, the NP began to garner its resources against the black people in order to stay in power. And so tyranny began to take hold of South Africa. The rest is history, as they say. Slowly but surely, the NP began to strangle the freedoms of all South Africans.If one looks at the progression of ANC rule in South Africa, it has a surprising similarity to the Nationalist government. It re-invented affirmative action and supplemented it with BEE. Now it is proposing a protection of information bill (doesn't that idea seem quite absurd to you - protect information. If anything the freedom of information is more likely to protect you - but not a corrupt government). I digress.Lets get back to tyranny.Tyranny is an old idea, and should be supplanted by a new one. Unless the tyrants are going to reduce the populations of the world, I'm afraid that tyranny just won't work. The people are just too diverse and too many. Besides, technology has overtaken "protection of information". The tyrants are being exposed and they don't lke it.Why do tyrants not like to be exposed?Tyrants are a strange breed of beings who suppose that they are more important or more "grand" than their peers. If one looks at the history of our planet, it is littered with tyranny. From the ancient Egyptians, to the ANC, our current South African tyrants. The sad thing is these tyrants all die, and are usually followed by tyrants who follow in their footsteps.Isn't it time that we, South Africans, actually fulfill our destined place in history, and say, "No!" "No more tyrants."I'm sure the ANC can dig up from somewhere a few non-tyrannical leaders. I guess they have to ask themselves how they got into this sorry mess in the first place. They should have seen the writing on the wall with the "intellectual tyranny" of Mbeki. I know comparisons are oduous, but strangely Mbeki reminded me in a perverse kind of way of Verwoerd. He held a steely intellectual view that could not be bent. He was inflexible, and dismissed his subordiantes' ideas with intellectual rhetoric, that made no sense to the pragmatic, but sounded good to an audience. Hitler suffered from the same affliction.Now we have one Zuma as leader of the ANC. He is a tyrant not to be messed with lightly, as one "mal" enema knows. He is a tyrant who only speaks what his advisors tell him, not because he is stupid, but because he has a firm and strong sense of character, but he lacks finesse. He looks a jolly good fellow, all smiles and rhetoric, but below lies the political will of a tyrant. He is consolidating his position through economic interests, though some have failed, like the Aurora Mining Venture, but believe me "young" president Zuma is alive and well and ready to terrorise his people (and the miners of Aurora mine who have been throttled financially and dicarded like waste). He is about to launch into history a protection of information bill, that, if passed, will plunge this country into the greatest form of tyranny; the tyranny of the ignorant.And so alas, my dear South African patriots, we are about to witness, another form of tyranny. Just another Goliath to overcome that is simple beacuase their perception of their size is greater than their perception of reality.However, I suggest that we all galvanise together, and subvert this tyranny. "How?" you may ask.Join any demonstration against it.Don't buy any mainstream newspapers or magazines.Speak to each other about this. Make your views known.Galvanise your neighbours against it.Use every resource available to you.Tell your local councillor about your support against the "protection" of information bill.Join a political party opposed to it and support them financially, but make sure they are not tyrants too.Speak to every labourer, poor person, and make them aware that their future is being threatened by tyranny.Rally, rally, rally. Hold onto your own sovereignty.Be civilly disobedient against any form of tyranny, including e-tagging.Just don't sit back and watch this tyrnany rob you of your freedoms.I refuse to go down the gutter of tyranny in South Africa. I will fight this monster, even if I have to wrestle it in my own back yard with my own bear hands.ANC! Get ready for a new struggle against tyranny! You are it!How far will the ANC go? I suggest that the tyrants in the ANC will not allow leaders amongst them to make their moderate, democratic voices to be heard, including Cyril Ramaphosa and Chris Hani (may God rest his soul). This is not a gentle game of tiddlywinks, this is greed at the trough of a feeding frenzy, and the monster feeder now is Jacob Zuma.God hepl us.
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