Saturday, November 08, 2008

More on Tactics of Power

Upon reporting to grandpa about my thoughts he just grinned then continued discussing his ideas of the rules of power.

“ Boy, remember that some of these rules that we are discussing are rules of argument while others are tactical rules of behavior. There needs to be an understanding in this regard for the rules of argument will be used as a means to justify behavior.

There are many out there that will use these rules unwittingly in hopes of winning others to their viewpoint. What they do not realize is that by using them, they do not help their own cause nor do they help the person they are trying to win over to their cause. They only help the cause of that radical who may share that belief.

Rule # 6
A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

Now, if you look at this rule you’ll see just how scary it is. It is declaring that whatever that radical does he does so because he enjoys what he is doing whether it be in argument or deed. If it be by ridicule then he enjoys demeaning others. If it be of violence then he should enjoy the destruction he causes.

This is what makes hatred such a potent feeling within us along with the recognition of the need to have control over that feeling. For it is hatred of something that leads us to want to destroy it. It is hatred of something that will be the cause of the feeling of enjoyment as we destroy it.

Rule # 7
A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

A radical explanation does a better job of explaining this one. “Man can sustain
militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment.”

What caught my eye at this explanation is the use of the word militant. It speaks volumes about the attitude of a radical must possess as he seeks change.

Rule # 8
Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

The idea behind this is a simple one. As long as the pressure is on the enemy he must defend his position and that means you are not subject to defend yours, thus resulting in a win with a totally indefensible position. It is using the process of elimination to lead people to accept your position over your opponent’s position rather than winning them over by the value of your position.

Rule # 9
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

Roosevelt explained this tactic the best when he said that fear was the only thing we needed to be afraid of. For it is the threat that plays upon our minds and our minds can be very imaginative when contemplating the threat. Self-survival is a very strong drive within us. It is the threat that leads to appeasement.

So, boy, as you can see it is not so much as designating who is a radical by what he seeks but it is far more important to understand him by how he intends to fulfill his dreams of grandeur. That means understanding the way his mind works if you wish to keep your way of life and not fall prey to his. Politics can do much to help a society but power in the wrong hands can be the downfall of society also.”

“ Is there more, grandpa?”

He just grinned and nodded.

9 comments:

BB-Idaho said...

As usual, my take is oblique (my wife claims my brain has extra wrinkles) on the questions of power and leadership: the stuff begins with social animals...notice, they all establish a 'pecking order'?
Consider that much (most?) power and leadership is assigned by those above..military, corporations, etc...or by default: whose in charge of this family?
Not that the above examples are free of 'tactics'. In our political system, we enjoy selecting leaders from dogcatcher to president, and we are privledged to depose at periodic intervals. Since this has been our way of life over a few generations, we should be able to
detect what amounts to 'false advertising' in consumerism as well as politics. I have to agree, though, it seems many of us do not. Which leads back to a topic previously addressed, the personal bias...it can make us immune to even common sense, let alone nuanced trickery. If this were not so, sales and marketing would be dismal occupations..one suspects many of the tactics you have been outlining might very well
(with some subtle changes) be applied to the advertising of toothpaste or pet shampoo..:)

The Griper said...

BB,
good analysis. remember though in the animal kingdom that pecking order is described in the terms of dominance and submission too.

and i agree that "some" of these tactics could be used in advertising. in fact i'd say that some of them are used. but haven't we distinguished between a hard sell and a soft sell and decry the use of the hard sell?

also remember you said "some" not all whereas "all" of these tactics are not only permissable to the radical but he will use them in his grab for power.

as for our inability to detect it, i think it has a lot to do with our upbringing. when we used any of these tactics as kids we were punished for it and taught that doing so was not a permitted behavior.

also, i believe that we as a people are willing to help each other but will resent the idea of being used. and that realization is usally after the fact. and if you look at these tactics, it is just ways to use others for your own gain.

BB-Idaho said...

Reminds me of the start of sophomore year in college..our Physics prof said that sophomores consider themselves to be the smartest people in the world. Some kids from the PolySci area decided to run a candidate for sophomore class president..posters, photos, promises, free hamburgers, even. We, the smartest sophomores in the world, elected the attractive fellow. Turned out he didn't exist; made up, totally by the dang PolySci nerds as an experiment. A humiliating lesson in electioneering. :)

Frank the Carpenter said...

The Old folks knew best didn't they!

The Griper said...

he chuckles, those so-called nerds were pretty smart huh?

but that experience does say one thing though. we can learn a lot from our negative experiences as well as our positive ones. probably lessons better remembered too.
probably the best lesson here was the fact of the need to be an informed voter and not to take a candidate at just his word or at "face" value. lol

we fully need to remember that we are electing persons to rule over us and i think we tend to forget that when election time comes around or have the perception that the word rule no longer means what it does. and that is most dangerous in a society that uses the democratic system.

The Griper said...

frank,
i'd say that the old folks understood the consequences better.

Donald Douglas said...

Keep up the good work, Griper!

BB-Idaho said...

RE: Music to read by, Kay Starr..
..starting to get back into my heyday. What's next? Vera Lynn ? :)

The Griper said...

vera lynn it be, if i can find her. anything special? BB.

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