Monday, March 8, 2010
bakunin once said that he preferred a republic to a monarchy because "there are at least brief periods when the people, while continuously exploited, is not oppressed, in the monarchies, oppression is contant." i am unsure i can agree with this statement, because exploitation through illusion is a continuous mechanism within a republic. the illusion of power is a slight of hand that can produce cover, through complacency, for injustices of varying magnitudes. this isn't to say that authoritarianism is transparent. it just seems to prefer a different type of exhibitionism.