Despotism (Greek: Δεσποτισμός, despotismós) is a form of government in which a single entity, whether it be an individual or a corporate group, rules with absolute power to make and interpret law deciding good and evil. A despot would exercise absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way that would lay heavy burdens upon the people in the form of taxation, tribute and regulations.
A democracy, especially an indirect democracy, can usher in despotism if the people become little tyrants over their neighbor. At first they become scattered through sloth by way of an increase of the Welfare State through a mire of socialist programs.
Tyrants cannot arise to positions of power in a government of the people who are for the people, their neighbors, because the welfare of society is provided by the people's charity rather than the legal charity of the State. Until the tyranny in the hearts and minds of the people flourishes and the "masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force.... The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." Polybius.
The United States Declaration of Independence accused the British government of "a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinc[ing] a design to reduce [the people] under absolute Despotism".
But the king said it differently, “I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.” -- King George III of England
"We must realize that today's Establishment is the New George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution." Points of Rebellion (1969), William Orville Douglas was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for 36 years (16 October 1898 – 19 January 1980).
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