What is authoritarianism? 

The dictionary describes authoritarianism as, “the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom”.

When looking at the history of authoritarianism, it is quite easy to notice certain characteristics even in the United States. Currently, now in our country, the United States, there are many who argue that President Donald Trump engages in authoritarian politics. If you delve deep into his rhetoric and ways of commanding, depending on either your political view or moral compass, you will see the ways in which he may be capturing those authoritarianism characteristics.

Some of those characteristics listed upon Preserved Articles are:

  • Dependence on coercion and force
  • Less importance to Rights and Liberties
  • Rulers determine all decisions

You yourself or someone else that you may know could be experiencing some of the same ideals. How will you know that its time to act?

How do we recognize what we are to resist?

There is a feeling that will provoke your mental & challenge your moral compass, helping you realize that what is going on, is not beneficial for everyone, especially not you. The effects of authoritarianism have been delegitimizing the rights of citizens all around the world. Authoritarian regimes have a great way of manipulating others, usually upon political ideals but not always subject to. While experiencing the dehumanizing schemes of an “all controlling” regime, there is a way to fight back. To resist. To prevail. To conquer. You have the power. How will you  begin?


In order to provide a concise and achievable way to resist an authoritarian regime, I have listed ways that are beneficial in carrying out a proper resistance:

Acknowledge the Issue

Some times if you feel like something is going wrong, most of the time it is. You may call it intuition. Acknowledge what is going wrong. How does it affect you? How does it affect others? How long will it continue? Is there a stop to the madness? The issue exists. Before solving the issue, you must realize that it is there.

Some times if you feel like something is going wrong, most of the time it is. You may call it intuition. Acknowledge what is going wrong. How does it affect you? How does it affect others? How long will it continue? Is there a stop to the madness? The issue exists. Before solving the issue, you must realize that it is there.

Mercer University, “Harvard of the South, a prestigious University, home to many of the greatest around the world, was a place of barriers. Not long ago, it was a place that was not as accepting of those who were of African/African American descent. It harbored a racial barrier- a barrier that did not want to be broken.

There was no one around before visionary professor, Mac Bryan to bravely tackle the issue. Mac Bryan was not afraid to speak out. It is certain that Bryan went through a series of questions when addressing the university’s issue upon race. He was the spear head of a group that would transform not only Mercer University’s history, but Macon, Ga and the state of Georgia as well. Because of acknowledging the issue, Bryan, his student followers (the “Bryanites”), and others were able to aid Mercer University into “becoming the first private university in Georgia to desegregate”.

If dealing with a social injustice, “Combustible/Burn”, a play written by Dr. Andrew Silver, will allow you to understand how simply acknowledging that there is an issue can make changes. Many are afraid to even think that there is something wrong, but you can’t progress with that train of thought. Do you have the strength to be a rabble-rouser? “Rabble rouser” became a term to identify those who felt the need to take a stand against things they did not agree with. Spark the emotion of others. Show them that acknowledging the issue will create a pathway for freedom.

Educate Yourself

It has been proven many times and times before, that if you don’t know what’s going on it is best to educate yourself. Make yourself known about your surroundings. There will be a long and hard road of resistance, if you don’t know what is actually happening. You will face many who will try to challenge your ways, but you must know what’s going on in order to come back with a strong rebuttal. Others may also want to join you. Who wants to join a group that is unfamiliar of the cause?

Direct Action

Now that you understand what the issue is, what will you do next? TAKE ACTION. Sitting on your couch, watching the world go by is not action. There’s a saying that reads, “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream”, so WAKE UP. Make the seconds, minutes, hours, and days of protesting count.

Join with Others

Join with those who share common goals. Join those who are oppressed. Join those who are targeted. Gathering together will created a unified space, despite of diversity, because you will all be familiarized with each other’s stories- stories that will create a powerful uproar. You want to resist, right? You can’t do it alone.

Be Organized

Being a larger group, there must be organization. It is required with most things in life. Resisting authoritarianism is a big thing in itself, and if not done in an orderly fashion, many things can go wrong. You can even face the threat of not achieving your goal to throw them down. Organize several groups, positions, jobs, that will generate success to resist. An unorganized group will not be taken seriously.

 

 

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