Tyrants take a good ideology, twist it, then force it on those they control.
Tyrants always rise in the midst of a crisis. Power and charisma mark their presence, and, with passionate unwavering conviction, they speak in defense of the people. They hate “greed” and “corruption”, and long to lift up their countrymen – or do they?
Listen closely to their message. A tyrant vilifies the problem and offers himself as your solution. He borrows the word “we” to mask the intent of “I”, and borrows the word truth to hide the façade of self-gratification. He sees only corruption in his foe but is blind to his own lust for autonomy.
So what is the tyrant’s ideology? Why… it’s yours and mine – equality for all – except the human version of equality inevitably rations individuality by averaging uniqueness. It’s the oldest delusion in history, and he knows that. Using the word equality, he skillfully levels the playing field beneath him, promising to stabilize an intolerable situation. Of course he is no “liar”; he gives to the masses what they desire and rights the wrongs of those who precede him, but just long enough to quietly assume his throne of power, and destroy… you.