November 17, 2011
Thinking of the recent challenges faced by a specific franchisor.
Being a leader, carrying great power and responsibility for other people’s lives, is a monumental test for the human psyche. The weak leader is the man who cannot meet it, who simply abdicates his responsibility. The dictator is the man who replaces the existing standards of justice and morality by more and more private prestige, by more and more power, and eventually isolated himself more and more from the rest of humanity. His suspicion grows, his isolation grows, and the vicious cycle leading to a paranoid attitude begins to develop.
The dictator is not only a sick man, he is also a cruel opportunist. He sees no value in any other person and feels no gratitude for any help he may have received. He his suspicious an dishonest and believes that his personal ends justify any menas he may use to achieve them. Peculiarly enough, every tyrant still searches for some self-justification. Without such a soothing device ofr his own conscience, he cannot live. His attitude toward other people is manipulative; to him, they are merely tools for the advancement of his own interests…
It is because the dictator is afraid, albeit unconsciously, of his own internal contradictions, that he is afraid of the same internal contradictions of his fellow men. He must purge and purge, terrorize and terrorize n order to still his own raging inner drives. He must kill every doubter, destroy every person who makes a mistake, imprison everyone who cannot be proved to be utterly single-minded…
— Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought, Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing, 1956, p 115-6.
April 3, 2011
Four Egyptians had set themselves on fire in front of their parliament.
All tyranny falls: Many times triggered by those people are the weakest.
She stirred Egyptians into revolution
December 13, 2010
Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.
Superior information and intellect has always toppled tyrants.
December 12, 2010
Franchisees need to grow up.
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
Tyranny is seldom (in the long run, never) imposed on people from without; it is a projection of their own pusillanimity (defintion: cowardice). Tyranny and mob rule are the same thing.
Northrop Frye in Fearful Symmetry
[via The Educated Imagination]
November 25, 2010
Identify the real protagonist, the Fixers.
And those that rent money.
The surest sign of a dying empire is when a franchisor starts self-financing when new franchisees had traditionally used a regulated lender.
Very high dangers of private, unregulated lending (prime plus 5%). Same as loan sharking.
Your house is the real asset at risk, not some phantom idea that you have equity.
See Champions of Tyranny What will the grocers say?