Immunity to Authoritarianism
- Free speech - however, free speech does not automatically guard from propaganda
- Critical thinking - this plus free speech can guard from propaganda. This is a big one - so that people don't get manipulated. But if people do not have security or self-esteem - critical thinking is not possible. If people are psychologically damaged, positive psychology may be impossible, in which case psychological integration must take place
- Rebeliousness, which comes from critical thinking and not accepting unearned authority. This leads to becoming aRadical Man
- Material well-being - if people do not have their material needs provided, then they may get taken advantage of by those who provide for them. Thus, abilities and productivity - especially entrepreneurial savvy - are a guard against becoming materially insecure
- Democratic institutions - access to education, a fair judicial system, law and order, and enforcement against agressors is critical. Providing a level playing field for everyone.
- Hope - it is for the sake of those without hope that hope is given. Inspiring, just systems produce hope, possibility, and opportunity. It is a moral imperative to create systems which inform of possibility - and provide ample opportunity for achieving possibilities.
We can pass the 2022 situation across the globe through these checks, and see what we can create and improve.