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Authoritarians would love for all observers to be bound by authoritarian obedience to rules and norms, but, in practice, that never works. There are dissidents even in the most authoritarian societies, even if they are mostly silenced.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 03:30:12 PM EST
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as I see it, the most likely to deviate from the norms are those at the top who believe that position, wealth and influence places them above the everyday mores of the herd.

Which solidifies into corruption, which breeds resentments which breeds extra repression which breeds revolution.

I think right now the Chinese are conducting an experiment into how successful 1984 type societies can be in sustaining an authoritarian hierarchy. An expanding economy helps but the price being paid is so high that the bills will surely cause an implosion. It's just a matter of when.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 07:00:52 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 11:03:09 PM EST
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