The Soft Tyranny of Comfort

“The wolf is starving, thin as a rail, when he meets a well-fed, strong dog. When the dog learns the wolf is barely surviving, he invites him to come and live with him on the farm. “You’ll get plenty of food and treats of all kinds,” the dog says. “And all you have to do is bark at strangers and make a fuss over the farm’s owners and children. It’s an easy life.”

The wolf is salivating at this prospect when he notices the dog’s collar. “What’s that around your neck?”

“Oh, that,” the dog replies. “It’s nothing. It’s just used when they chain me up.”

“You have to wear a chain? You aren’t free to do what you want or go where you please?”

“Not all the time,” the dog says. “But who cares?”

“Thank you very much,” the wolf says, “but I’ll keep my freedom!”

And with that, he turns and runs off into the forest.”

This classic Aesop fable comes from an interesting Epoch Time’s article called  Saving Liberty One Child at a Time, that shows the tall tale to be a metaphor for the viciousness of today’s politics.  From the article:

“Some Americans want to preserve their traditional liberties and to live as much as possible without government interference in their affairs. Others, like Aesop’s dog, are willing to wear a collar if their masters care for them. This difference in values is at the core of today’s political battles.”

Well that about sum things up, doesn’t it?  Of course real life is not so black and white, as many people fall somewhere in the middle of these two points.  I myself am on Team Less Government, but I do believe in some sort of a safety net to help those in need.  It’s when the net becomes a hammock however that things get problematic and we’ve been at that tipping point for some time now.  President Biden’s latest stimulus package punts us right over the edge.

It’s the second largest welfare expansion in our country’s history and is awash in new cash grants and benefits.  More crucially the bill eliminates work requirements, which is just fantastic if you’re looking too keep people trapped in a cycle of poverty and dependency.  

Just like the dog with the collar, a person reliant on the government for basic needs will never truly be free.  Unfortunately there are many public policy types who equate poor people to domestic pets, unable to care for themselves without the benevolence of their anointed betters in government who create massive spending programs in the name of compassion.

Of course this always ends up making life more difficult and expensive, as taxes go up to pay for them and inflation kicks in.  New rules also get layered on top of growing regulations intertwined with ceaseless mandates.  As government seeps in to every aspect of our lives, our own self agency diminishes and our spirits deflate, which only feeds the vicious cycle of dependency.

This concept is expounded on in another fascinating Epoch Times article musing on French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations of tyranny in democratic societies.  According to him, our desires for entertainment and safety work in synergy with government’s own natural inclination to control and become more powerful.  

The article goes on to say:

“Tocqueville describes this power (the government) as a sort of reverse-patriarchy. Fathers, after all, seek to “prepare men for manhood.” But this government “seeks only to keep them [the citizens] in perpetual childhood.”

You see, this is a society of amusement. Its spiritual core is gone. “It prefers its citizens to enjoy themselves provided they have only enjoyment in mind,” Tocqueville declares. But there’s a catch: “It works readily for their happiness, but wishes to be the only provider and judge of it.” This government provides and even anticipates their needs, secures their pleasures, and directs their industry. In spine-tingling words, Tocqueville said it ultimately aims to “remove from them entirely the bother of thinking and the troubles of life.”

In a nutshell, a populace that is distracted, dumb and needy is ripe for exploitation by its leaders, who push the illusion of comfort and safety through policies that eventually lead to despotism.  That government at all levels is loaded with people of such bad character is no surprise, but they are freely elected in to office and to an extent merely reflect the brokenness of society.

The article closes with these chilling words from Tocqueville”

“The vices of those who govern, and the ineptitude of those governed, would soon bring it to ruin, and the people, tired of its representatives and of itself, would create free institutions or would soon revert to its abasement to one single master.”

Let’s take heed and reform ourselves and our corrupt institutions before it’s too late.

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18 Responses to The Soft Tyranny of Comfort

  1. Aldous Huxley says:

    The illusion we have a government representing the people is evaporated. They clearly represent the corporations only as the elections as severe dementia Bidens selection shows.

    “If voting really mattered, they wouldn’t let you do it.” Mark Twain

    People are waking up in droves to Platos Cave being true reality, because it is.

    Tocqueville himself stated America will fail when so many people are on the lamb it collapses. Not those exact words, but similar as I am going from memory.

    Even though he was one of those silly French people, he was right.

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  2. Aldous Huxley says:

    Wie wie!

    And my favorite hilarious philosopher was silly French person Voltaire!!

    He was very smart when he stated Common sense is not so common!!

    Voltaire was so very right!!

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  3. Very well said Tricia. America seems to be on a very dangerous path. Biden and the left are clearly dangerous and a threat to our liberty / freedom. I am seeing some signs that classic liberals are feed up with it.

    Thanks for continuing to speak the truth.

    Blessings my friend.

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  4. Reblogged this on The Culture Alternative and commented:
    Here are some excellent thoughts from Tricia. We all need to stand up for freedom.

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  5. Mel Wild says:

    Well said, Tricia. Let me share some “silver lining” to these dark clouds. Speaking of France, there’s a major pushback on global wokism going on. They are at the brink of civil war, according to a poll.
    The globalist leftist Macron may be toppled in 2022 (or by a coup before that) by the nationalist-populist Marine Le Pen, who is poised to become the next president of France. There is a revolt happening in other places in the West, too.

    So, while the left is furiously trying to destroy our Republic to establish their globalist feudal state, there is growing pushback against this in America, too. Several states have already tightened up election laws and passed legislation to outlaw CRT and the 1619 Project (or any anti-patriotic material) in school (including my state). Big Tech is being sued and laws are being enacted against their leftist agenda. The new census has the totalitarian states, like California and NY, losing House seats and states like Florida and Texas gaining seats. The recent Texas runoff gave us a picture of things to come in 2022, with populist Republicans dominating, which was a major blow to Pelosi’s tyrannical regime. Even California has some hope with Newsom’s recall.

    So, while it’s frightening to see what the left is unleashing on us, they did expose themselves. It’s not hidden anymore, so we must be patient and stand up to tyranny with courage and truth and not lose heart. 🙂

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    • Tricia says:

      This is very true Mel, The left is going full bore in trying to get everything passed they can before the mid terms. If the awful “voter protection” bill doesn’t pass we stand a chance of gaining a lot of seats. I truly think are becoming two countries which grieves me but the left is out of control in place like California, many of us will have no choice but to migrate to friendlier states. Vaccine mandates will put all of that on steroids.

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  6. Canuck Carl says:

    The wolf and dog is such a powerful metaphor, Tricia. I heard something about a stimulus package with out neighbors to the south, but I did not know all that it entailed. Very incredible that it would encourage people to not work.

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    • Tricia says:

      Hi Carl, thanks for coming by! Encouraging people not to work unfortunately is the number one method of operation of the Left over here. It’s really having disastrous effects.

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  7. Yep, before it’s all too late ….

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  8. Anonymous says:

    BRAVEHEART…” they can take our lives but they can never take our freedom“

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  9. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Tricia has written a great post! Still, I think we need to think a about a couple of things.
    1. The wolf would have eaten the dog.
    2. This excerpt from Tricia’s post.

    Well that about sum things up, doesn’t it? Of course real life is not so black and white, as many people fall somewhere in the middle of these two points. I myself am on Team Less Government, but I do believe in some sort of a safety net to help those in need. It’s when the net becomes a hammock however that things get problematic and we’ve been at that tipping point for some time now. President Biden’s latest stimulus package punts us right over the edge.

    There was a time I would have written something similar. Now I wonder at my foolishness. What is the problem? There are two problems.
    1. The Federal Government has no charter to redistribute the wealth from the rich to the poor. They don’t do it anyway. The politicians give the rich loopholes.
    2. Various idioms illustrate this second problem. There is that story about letting the camel’s nose under the tent. Once the camel’s nose is in the tent, how do we stop the rest of the camel from coming in and under the tent? Then that more American adage, “give them an inch, and they take a mile.”

    The point is that the power that comes from distributing “free” government money is extremely enticing. Because we have let our leaders have this power, we risk seeing them wreck our economy.

    Charity is not a legitimate government function. There is no moral justification for taking money from one person and giving it to another. Even when government serves as an intermediary, it is still stealing.

    Look at the Declaration of Independence. We need a government to protect our rights. Without a government, no one is safe. Unfortunately, people always want government to do more. Then government becomes a threat to our rights.

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