The 15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny

robertreich:

As tyrants take control of
democracies, they typically:

1.  Exaggerate their mandate
to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide
even after losing the popular vote.

2.  Repeatedly claim massive
voter
fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in
subsequent elections.

3.  Call anyone
who opposes them “enemies.”

4.  Turn the public against
journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and
scum.” 

5.  Hold few if any press
conferences
, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass
rallies and unfiltered statements

6.  Tell the public big lies,
causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’
goals.

7.  Blame economic stresses on
immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even
violence against them.

8.  Attribute acts of domestic
violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up
internal security and limit civil liberties.

9.  Threaten mass
deportations
, registries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.

10. Seek to eliminate or
reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and
opposition parties.

11. Appoint family members to
high positions of authority

12. Surround themselves with
their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to
the public.

13. Put generals into top civilian posts                

14. Make personal
alliances with foreign dictators
.

15. Draw no distinction
between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public
office
.

Consider yourself warned.