Fear Is Necessary By Machiavelli Aung Suu Kyi

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Fear No political government, whether dictatorship or democracy, denies the need or role of fear in keeping its citizens obedient and responsive to order. “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who yield it and fear of the loss of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” (682) The united states rule of law is a democracy. In foreign countries dictatorship is widespread. If the loss of power corrupts, then those in power will utilize fear in maintaining power and corrupt citizens to achieve that end. Using fear for power isn 't always a bad thing, if fear is used correctly then it is vital in maintaining power. Some authors who would agree that fear is necessary is Machiavelli Aung San Suu Kyi. Machiavelli would argue that fear is an absolute necessity to rule since people generally cannot be trusted to rule themselves. Leaders who would follow Machiavelli advice people as incapable of understanding their civic duty of obedience, so fear becomes the tool to enforce that obedience. The “dread of punishment” puts citizens in a type of paranoid state of mind, fearful of government authority as well as their fellow citizens. Fear overall can limit how a citizen can respond to oppression. A state run by fear and paranoia puts severe limits on the freedom citizens can enjoy as well as how they can change an oppressive government. Dictatorship work because as Machiavelli states, the fear of punishment prevents citizens from…
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