Power Corrupts: A Culture Of Compliance Breeds Despots And Predators

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Power corrupts.

Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused.

We’re seeing this dynamic play out every day in communities across America.

A cop shoots an unarmed citizen for no credible reason and gets away with it. A president employs executive orders to sidestep the Constitution and gets away with it. A government agency spies on its citizens’ communications and gets away with it. An entertainment mogul sexually harasses aspiring actresses and gets away with it.

Abuse of power - and the ambition-fueled hypocrisy and deliberate disregard for misconduct that make those abuses possible - works the same whether you’re talking about sexual harassment, government corruption, or the rule of law.

For instance, 20 years ago, I took up a sexual harassment lawsuit on behalf of a young woman - a state employee - who claimed that her boss, a politically powerful man, had arranged for her to meet him in a hotel room, where he then allegedly dropped his pants, propositioned her and invited her to perform oral sex on him.

Despite the fact that this man had a well-known reputation for womanizing and this woman was merely one in a long line of women who had accused the man of groping, propositioning, and pressuring them for sexual favors in the workplace, she was denounced as white trash and subjected to a massive smear campaign by the man’s wife, friends and colleagues (including the leading women’s rights organizations of the day), while he was given lucrative book deals and paid lavish sums for speaking engagements.

William Jefferson Clinton eventually agreed to settle the case and pay Paula Jones $850,000.

Here we are 20 years later and not much has changed.

We’re still shocked by sexual harassment in the workplace, the victims of these sexual predators are still being harassed and smeared, and those who stand to gain the most by overlooking wrongdoing (all across the political spectrum) are still turning a blind eye to misconduct when it’s politically expedient to do so.

This time, it’s Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein - longtime Clinton associate and a powerhouse when it comes to raising money for Democrats - who is being accused of decades of sexual assaults, aggressively sexual overtures and harassment.

I won’t go into the nauseating details here. You can read them for yourself at the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Suffice it to say that it’s the same old story all over again: man rises to power, man abuses power abominably, man intimidates and threatens anyone who challenges him with retaliation or worse, and man gets away with it because of a culture of compliance in which no one speaks up because they don’t want to lose their job or their money or their place among the elite.

This isn’t just happening in Hollywood, however.

And it’s not just sexual predators that we have to worry about.

For every high-profile power broker who eventually gets called out for his sexual misbehavior, there are hundreds - thousands - of others in the American police state who are getting away with murder - in many cases, literally - simply because they can.

The cop who shoots the unarmed citizen first and asks questions later might get put on paid leave for a while or take a job with another police department, but that’s just a slap on the wrist. The shootings and SWAT team raids and excessive use of force will continue, because the police unions and the politicians and the courts won’t do a thing to stop it. Case in point: The Justice Department will no longer attempt to police the police when it comes to official misconduct. Instead, it plans to give police agencies more money and authority to “fight” crime.

The war hawks who are making a profit by waging endless wars abroad, killing innocent civilians in hospitals and schools, and turning the American homeland into a domestic battlefield will continue to do so because neither the president nor the politicians will dare to challenge the military industrial complex. Case in point: Rather than scaling back on America’s endless wars, President Trump—like his predecessors—has continued to expand America’s military empire and its attempts to police the globe.

The National Security Agency that carries out warrantless surveillance on Americans’ internet and phone communications will continue to do so, because the government doesn’t want to relinquish any of its ill-gotten powers. Case in point: The USA Liberty Act, proposed as a way to “fix” all that’s wrong with domestic surveillance, will instead legitimize the government’s snooping powers.

Unless something changes in the way we deal with these ongoing, egregious abuses of power, the predators of the police state will continue to wreak havoc on our freedoms, our communities, and our lives.

For starters, let’s recommit to abiding by the rule of law.

Here’s what the rule of law means in a nutshell: it means that everyone is treated the same under the law, everyone is held equally accountable to abiding by the law, and no one is given a free pass based on their politics, their connections, their wealth, their status or any other bright line test used to confer special treatment on the elite.

We need to stop being victimized by these predators.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, I’m not just talking about the political predators in office, but the ones who are running the show behind the scenes—the shadow government—comprised of unelected government bureaucrats whose powers are unaffected by elections, unaltered by populist movements, and beyond the reach of the law.

There is no way to erase the scars left by the government’s greed for money and power, its disregard for human life, its corruption and graft, its pollution of the environment, its reliance on excessive force in order to ensure compliance, its covert activities, its illegal surveillance, and its blatant disdain for the rule of law.

“We the people” - men and women alike -  have been victims of the police state for so long that not many Americans even remember what it is to be truly free anymore. Worse, few want to shoulder the responsibility that goes along with maintaining freedom.

Still, we must try.


SafelyGraze bamawatson Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:55 Permalink

here's your compliance indoctrination:Roots of Happiness (Mental Health Film Board, 1953)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E2w6uPw27Ibe compliant, little puerto rican. that is the way to happiness. see the man on horseback? learn to love him. learn to serve him. teach your children to do the same. cut the sugar cane. cut with all your strength. until the whistle blows. 

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khnum Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:30 Permalink

How can you expect the current generation to defend freedom if they dont even know what it is,in fact the situation is so sad with college education half would probably volunteer to be gunmen in a Weather Underground Pol Pot wonderland

Endgame Napoleon khnum Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:38 Permalink

An economy full of temp, part-time and churn jobs at low wage levels does not produce many independent-minded people.

One way to distract from the desire to change the economic status quo that is only benefiting the top 20% involves focusing endlessly on salacious topics, like sex scandals.

This article pointed out that sex-related abuse of power is not the only — or even the predominate — form of abuse of power in the world of work, but it sure does serve as a ratings-boosting decoy.

Nothing boosts ratings like leggy MSM experts discussing sexual harassment of young women 24/7.

Why not? They hardly ever (if ever) discuss the root economic problems, stretching back into the Clinton Era.

A part-time / service sector economy—with tons of underemployed citizens, tons of citizens and immigrants whose main household bills are paid by womb-based welfare and child tax credits, a few career couples concentrating salaried wealth and a few ungodly pockets of wealth concentration like the world has never seen—does not lead to a strong, overall country.

It does not lead to Jefferson's ideal of strong, independent farmers. It leads to a serf / lord relationship that is anathema to a Republic.

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Atomizer Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:36 Permalink

Will post again in morning. This bullshit needs to stop. Don't worry Jewsan CEO of YouTube, it's mirrored on other platforms. We can rapid fire this without your dirtbag valleygirl speech approval. 

There Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:45 Permalink

 "not many Americans even remember what it is to be truly free anymore."Sadly there are a few Americans who are truly FREE to do what ever they want.They are the connected rich and powerful who  the  rule of law doesn't apply to.

Chupacabra-322 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

I’ll say it again, again & again.

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

At the current moment we're completely Tyrannically Lawless.
We have been for quite some time. In the past, their Criminality was "Hidden in plain view."

Now it's out in the open, in your face Criminality & Tyrannical Lawlessness. Complete debachary.

The bar & precedent has been set so high among these Criminals I doubt we will ever see another person arrested in our lifetime.

Manipuflation UmbilicalMosqu… Thu, 10/12/2017 - 02:01 Permalink

There have some people I know who have gone down and were white and were running radio scans.  I don't want to talk about that so much.  For those that read our posts they need to know.  The fucking cops are ruthless pricks.  White or black doesn't matter.  I will say that there has been return fire.  We do shoot back.  Fucking with a heavliy armed populace is not a brilliant idea. Some cops houses and cabins got shot up big time.  I was not there.

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Sweet Cheeks Bernardo Gui Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:31 Permalink

Same here. I never see a cop or know anyone victimized by cop. However, I do stay home when not working so I have a few dollars to save and invest while reading Zero Hedge.

But the ne'er-do-wells who rent from Dad are always encountering cop problems: speeding, broken tail lights, expired licenses, counting their prescriptions in the Walmart parking lot, etc.
Seems cops have a sixth sense about these things.

Perhaps I should get out more. Nah, too many already out there spending money they don’t have, buying crap they don’t need.

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honestann Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:17 Permalink

Forget rule of law.No human has any legitimate basis to tell me what to do, or steal money from me.The whole notion of UNIVERSAL SLAVERY IS OBSCENE.Yet... that is PRECISELY what "rule of law" means.Live and let live.  Anarchy.  Simple.----------PS:  The solution to the astronomical quantity of abuse that exists today is... to treat human predators in the same way as dangerous, aggressive predators of all species.  Exterminate them.  Then life will be good, peaceful, and much more comfortable and luxurious.

Manipuflation honestann Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

How is the plane running?  Passed the annual I assume.  Haven't seen you around for a while so it is good to see you.  As far as law goes I represented myself in UI appeal court.  I was on the mound again and I threw the court a hard curveball on the outside corner.  More of a slider actually.  I hit the judge with here own law.  Still no judgement since last week.  Was it a strike or not?  If they will not follow their own rules then why should I pay any attention to them?At least I made them think and .gov should be ashamed of themselves.  This is what YOUR LAW SAYS right here in words.  Probably futile.

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honestann Manipuflation Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:09 Permalink

The airplane continues to run perfectly.  What is "UI appeal court"?Well, you know my answer... you shouldn't obey their laws/rules whether they do or not.  Why be a slave?I don't know what your dispute is, but one hugely important reason to feel free to move around the globe is... you can usually avoid [the consequences of] that kind of human predator simply by leaving their fictitious jurisdiction.  I feel sorry for people who are so terrified or weak-minded that they literally cannot imagine leaving the cage they are in... even when the door is wide open!  Crazy!  Just crazy!Unfortunately, it appears you don't realize that human predators... especially those who call themselves "government"... know perfectly clearly that they are nothing but predators, and are quite happy and content to be predators.  And so, you should never expect any "shame" out of them.  You might make them momentarily embarrassed when you point out what total liars and creeps they are, but that's generally the best you can hope for.Whether your effort is futile or not probably depends upon whether they'd rather sweep your issue under the rug to avoid further embarrassment, or alternatively, make your life miserable for daring to point out what disingenuous scumbags they are.  I hope for the former.

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ThePhantom honestann Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:26 Permalink

obviously they organize better than you do.. just like bees we have drones too. they serve/d a purpose at one point. the predators have been in control for "a while" i would say.. cultivating their herds of sheeple... bred to be docile. shown the devils whores on their TV tubes.... we comply with evil and call it good.. "believe it good". Im sure TV wasn't weaponized against us . Im quite certain.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:16 Permalink

not many Americans even remember what it is to be truly free anymore. There is no America, it is in your mind, brainwashed into your minds from high school and MSM programming.

haruspicio Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:32 Permalink

HEAR HEAR! Fantastic stuff in plain language. You omitted however that a significant number of people inexplicably want the police to have more and more power, to shoot blacks at will and to routinely use excessive force....they want this becuase they are dimwits and cannot see that one day this excessive police violence will be directed at them or their children.

MK ULTRA Alpha Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:39 Permalink

I told this to many and they said they didn't believe, police can use an ATM machine to run your ATM card when you're pulled over to check your bank account, and transfer money to state or county. Then you must prove how you got money. State and county asset forfeiture is in the multi billions. ERAD is name of device, many states, and counties are using ERAD, it is state and county law not federal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFxeTwNn0gY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5ZIwQ6TbOI police are stealing money and judges allow it. ERAD is a wireless device and can connect to bank, and transfer your money. It's used all over country. This is beginning to be standard operating procedure nationwide and congress can stop federal asset forfeiture, but not at this level. It was around 4 billion last time I looked. So even if you're not carrying cash, they can still take your money and no one believes it. Not in America, right. LOL

HRH Feant2 Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:44 Permalink

The US is in a death spiral. I don't see any way to fix it.

I expect the USSA will go the way of the USSR and fall apart. Civil war? Already here at a low level.

Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:52 Permalink

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what happened Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:05 Permalink

  They are using the HIPPA laws to deny you knowledge of medical conditions if they wish to enslave you.  You can report it to the Office of Civil Rights but they will only give penalities that go right back to the government.  They can attempt to murder you and there will be no recourse except to recirculate the penalties to them.

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what happened Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:29 Permalink

 The only new authority for government involves enforcement of the protections in the Privacy Rule itself. To ensure that covered entities protect patients’ privacy as required, the Rule requires that health plans, hospitals, and other covered entities cooperate with efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to investigate complaints or otherwise ensure compliance.So they investigate, but they break the law.  Say you adopt and they (DCF) don't want you to know about a certain condition.

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what happened Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

 https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consum… Is Not Required to Follow These LawsMany organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws.Examples of organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:

  • Life insurers
  • Employers
  • Workers compensation carriers
  • Most schools and school districts
  • Many state agencies like child protective service agencies
  • Most law enforcement agencies
  • Many municipal offices

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Free Man Thu, 10/12/2017 - 01:23 Permalink

Where free speech on the impossible 'holocaust' is illegal, violators go to prison for Thought Crimeshttps://forum.codoh.com/download/file.php?id=1858The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny. "Some stories are true that never happened."- Elie WieselThe '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds. see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:http://codoh.comNo name calling, level playing field debate here:http://forum.codoh.com We're talking about an alleged '6M Jews & 5M others' ... 11,000,000.There is not a single verifiable excavated enormous mass grave with contents actually SHOWN, not just claimed, (recall the claim of 900,000 buried at Treblinka, 1,250,000 at Auschwitz, or 250,000 at Sobibor, 34,000 at Babi Yar) even though Jews claim they still exist and claim to know exactly where these alleged enormous mass graves are.