On “The Dictatorship Mindset,” New Article at FEE
If there’s one piece of advice I could give you this election cycle, it’s this: every time you overstate the power of the president or claim “we need a new law” for every problem, our country inches closer to authoritarianism. This is serious, and we need to fix our thinking to stop it before it’s too late.
My new article at the Foundation for Economic Education explains this in greater detail. If you read one article from me this election cycle, I ask that you heed the message I try to get across here:
Though everything has a political dimension, it is never the only dimension. The state, with its monopoly on coercion through physical violence, is the everyday arbiter of politics. Therefore, when people in power convince a population that every problem requires a political solution, that population is primed for authoritarianism. In other words, the population has adopted “The Dictatorship Mindset.” While political engagement is crucial to a functioning civil society, the politicization of every facet of life will eventually crush that society.
Vote your conscience this November. But no matter what the outcome, don’t allow yourself to fall into despair. We don’t live in a monarchy or a dictatorship, and we should stop acting like we do. More importantly, we should stop acting as if we want to.