The world is heading quite rapidly toward tyranny. We are in a revolutionary period that will dramatically change civilization. Few people understand the gravity of our situation. Here are some of the reasons why the majority of people seem oblivious to the danger. These psychological shortcomings explain why we are sleepwalking into tyranny.
The Normalcy Bias “is a cognitive bias that occurs in times of crisis, leading us to disregard any signs or warnings that we are in danger. … Normalcy bias is a defense mechanism that lulls us into thinking life will just continue as it always has.” It is a reassuring presumption that things will get better, or, at least things will not take a dramatic change for the worse.
But steady progress is not the way the world works. History is a story of the rise and fall of civilizations. Tyranny, poverty, and servitude are the normal state of mankind, and it would not be difficult at all to return to that state. The pattern of history is that humans make some progress, and then evil men do evil things and stupid men do stupid things, and the civilization crumbles. The normalcy bias can stop people from seeing this.
You may have confidence in constant improvement because the people you know are good, productive people who are kind to others. You assume that most people are like that. But you need to notice that there are also evil people who have decided that their role is to manage your life. They are self-appointed shepherds, and they see you as their sheep. This is the essence of tyranny. If these evil people are also foolish, they may think that they can manage the world economy and force all the “little” people to act in a way that creates utopia…. a great leap forward.
Centrally managed economies have been tried many times. They always fail, often spectacularly.