It is under circumstances such as these that little men rise to power. These small second rate individuals—who under normal circumstances would be passed over in favour of people with more ability and humanity—thrive in periods of fear and instability.
These men (and they are always men) are naturally attracted to the trappings of power and authority. They love titles and uniforms and they bluster about on weighty subjects such as "national security" and "border protection". They always seek to hide their actions under veils of secrecy and draconian restrictions. Their language is one of euphemism rather than plain facts and all of their actions are protected from public inquiry by cloaking as "operational matters". Matters that they will naturally never comment upon.
These little men are creatures of their times. They are petty and vindictive. They are authoritarian by temperament. They will put you into jail, rob you of your rights and property and bury you under an avalanche of hastily constructed laws. They will rob you of your citizenship. If you just happen to die while under their protection then you will become a regrettable statistic. A statistic that they will work tirelessly to suppress.
It is not "evil" that defines the rise of fascist thinking in government. Fascism is the failure mode of government
. It is what democratic institutions were designed to prevent. Sometimes these institutions fail and the small petty men get given the power and means to follow their instincts. They react inevitably and predictably to their circumstances and the outcomes are just as predictably bad.
It is not evil but banality that defines the thinking and behaviour of the little men. The results are most certainly evil but nobody set out in the first place to commit evil. Evil is a byproduct of mediocrity and thoughtlessness.
The article below is about the rise of one of these small men "Mister Secretary" Mike Pezzullo. The prime minister is another example of a very small man.
This is a must-read via +WT Gator