Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

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Reconstructionist Aung San Suu Kyi, born on June 19, 1945, is one of modern history’s greatest champions of peace, following in the footsteps of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance. In her 1991 essay “Freedom from Fear,” found in the altogether essential anthology Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings (public library), Suu echoes fellow reconstructionist Susan Sontag’s timeless words on courage and resistance as she explores the fundamental relationship between fear, courage, and human flourishing:

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.


Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps most precious is the courage acquired through endeavor, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions, courage that could be described as ‘grace under pressure’ — grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.  Read more

16 thoughts on “Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

  1. Free – not fear!
    …..and take that message to the municipality!

    Canada is a Free Nation!

    Stephen Harper Conservatives rejected the Kyoto Protocol
    aka Agenda 21 aka Smart Growth aka Sustainable Development


    Ontario Liberal – former Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced
    Smart Growth
    – onto government websites – as a choice!

    Municipalities [many] – chose the Kyoto Protocol.
    And now they have to hide behind closed doors – as they implement it!


    All politics – are Local politics!

    What is the legal definition of treason?

    The mayors and councils took an oath to serve.
    Not implement!

    It’s a Federal Election Year
    October 19th – 2015
    Vote Conservative!

    p.s. I have respect for the Office of the Premier;
    but no respect for the ‘trumpatista’ sitting in it;
    municipalities – should reject her ideas!

    • Canada is a Free Nation! NO!
      Canada is a corporation! FICTION!
      Your name is a corporation! FICTION
      Mayor is chief justice! Butt wears no clothes
      Vote your freedom away! All volts is lost. Ur voting as a dead fiction with D corporate name
      Independent and free of bondage Ur choice
      Free Dome takes courage and an awaken spirit No politicians will tell this truth.

      Live free or die as a fiction

    • If the Conservatives rejected Agenda 21 and sustainable development then why was Elizabeth Dowdeswell appointed Lt.Governor of Ontario?

  2. The U.S. did not sign on to the Kyoto agreement but this didn’t stop the U.S. from supplying plenty of support for IWTs.

    The present Canadian government is supplying plenty of support for the installation of IWTs in Canada.

    Tax breaks, changing the radar system, IWTs over airport safety, research funding are provided at the federal level.

    • The U.S. is using the E.P.A. – a bureaucracy filled with scumbags –
      paving the way – to save the planet.

      • Saving the planet? Ha! That’s merely a guise while tax $$$ are being funneled into the coffers of wind companies and/or corrupt politicians.
        This is an Agenda 21 global movement.
        Steal your money,your land; break your soul. Sociopathic behavior.

    • And in Canada the federal government is being used to remove the barriers to the installation of IWTs

      One by one the barriers to IWTs have been/or being removed at both the provincial and federal levels by past and present governments.

      The last big barrier is the IWT health issues and if this succeeds then the IWT crowd has it made.

      For the “common-good” presentations and arguments are being used. Agenda 21 and climate change also use for the “common-good” arguments to promote their agendas. Carbon tax is another.

      The EPA is an agency of the federal government and can be controlled by Congress but this is not being done for political reasons. So is the U.S.Department of Energy. Funding for these agencies comes through the Congress.

      • EPA/US Environmental Protection Agency

        “The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act”

        P.2, The History of the Clean Air Act

        Congress created the EPA in 1970 at the same time the Clean Air Act was created by Congress.

        In 1990 Congress reviewed and expanded the Clean Air Act which provided the EPA with more authority.


        What the U.S. Congress creates can also be removed.

      • Hey Barbara,

        Ontario Liberals – delete emails;
        like in – the ‘dog ate my homework’…….
        McGuinty runs from office – to be with family.

        I just added that – as a bonus!

        Wait – the timing is suspicious – but who cares!


        EPA Will Take 100 Years To Fulfill Conservative Group’s FOIA Request

        The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its extremely slow release of emails related to chief Lisa Jackson’s alias email account.

        CEI says that at its current pace, EPA will fulfill the group’s government records request in 100 years.

        In 2012, CEI requested records regarding Jackson’s alias email account under the name “Richard Windsor” — an address she used to communicate with government officials and green groups while avoiding federal transparency laws. CEI sued and eventually got 3,000 “Richard Windsor” emails from EPA, but that was only the tip of the iceberg.

        The EPA says there are about 120,000 records related to CEI’s Freedom of Information Act request, but the agency claims it can only process about 100 records per month — meaning CEI’s FOIA request will be fully processed in about 100 years.

        “We have shown this administration using whatever tactics it can – even violating the law – to hide what is going on in our federal agencies,” said CEI senior fellow and attorney Chris Horner in a statement, “whether it’s Hillary Clinton’s personal email account, Lisa Jackson working with lobbyists on her own private account, utilizing text messages then destroying them, or this slow-rolling production of Richard Windsor emails for a century.”

      • If the U.S. Congress wanted to they could step in and have a Congressional inquiry of the EPA. Both House and Senate inquires.

        There are members of both the House and the Senate who benefit in one way or another from the present status of the EPA.

        The same is true with NOAA and the monkey business with adjusting temperature data. Some members of both houses benefit from Climate Change.

      • Welcome to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
        Please sue us!

        What Is Sue and Settle – and the process?

        ‘[excerpt] The lead authors and the project team are from the U.S. Chamber Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division.

        The U.S. Chamber of Commerce thanks William Yeatman, assistant director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute,
        for helping us formulate an additional methodology
        and the development of a database of sue
        and settle cases.
        The database was used to check the validity of, and supplement, the Chamber’s database of cases.


        ‘[excerpt] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce undertook an investigation of the sue
        and settle process because of the growing number of complaints by
        the business community that it was being entirely shut out of
        regulatory decisions by key federal agencies. While the U.S.
        Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Fish and Wildlife
        Service have been leaders in settling—rather than defending—cases
        brought by advocacy groups, other agencies, including the U.S. Forest
        Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service,
        the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and
        the U.S. Department of Commerce, have also agreed to this tactic.

        As discussed in our report
        Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors, we found that under
        this sue and settle process, EPA chose at some point not to defend itself in lawsuits brought by special interest advocacy groups at least 60 times between 2009 and 2012.

        In each case, it agreed to settlements on terms favorable to those groups. These settlements directly resulted in EPA agreeing to publish more than 100 new regulations,

        many of which impose compliance
        costs in the tens of millions and even billions of dollars.’


        12 states sue EPA over agency’s alleged ‘sue and settle’ tactics

        ‘[excerpt] Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorneys general of 11 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, demanding that the agency turn over documents the states allege will show the agency cooperates with environmental groups as part of a “sue and settle” legal strategy to develop regulations.

        The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges that binding consent decrees between the EPA and environmental groups that have sued the agency over the years have led to new rules and regulations for states without allowing their attorneys general to defend their interests and those of its businesses and consumers.

        “The EPA is picking winners and losers, exhibiting favoritism, at the expense of due process and transparency,” Pruitt said in a statement. “They are manipulating our legal system to achieve what they cannot through our representative democracy. The outcomes of their actions affect every one of us by sticking states with the bill and unnecessarily raising utility rates by as much as 20 percent.”

        Besides Oklahoma, the attorney generals of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming are parties to the lawsuit.’

  3. When I read this article last evening http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/03/30/anthropocene-the-new-pop-religion/ and the comments that ensued from scientists who have spent years analyzing the IPCC data and predictions that did not occur, and I realize that the rationale for these wind turbines was/still is IPCC fear tactics that were based on arguable data, I can not rest.

    It doesn’t matter to me, which political party is responsible for the industrialization of our rural Ontario. The bottom line is that even if renewables made economic sense to everyone in Ontario, there is absolutely no justification for citizens to be collateral damage to renewables!

    We can do better than this and we owe it to all victims to be compensated fully. People of conscience can not sit back and watch this happening in silence.

    There are some massive class action lawsuits currently ongoing and new ones coming forth in North America on several different fronts right now. The psychological and physical damage from industrial wind turbines placed too close to people’s homes and barns needs to be added to the list.

  4. “People of conscience”, with that goes integrity, ethics, empathy, values…These are not the virtues of the generation of today. There has been a sense of entitlement instilled. The Ontario curriculum is designed as such to manipulate and form the minds of complacent little followers.

  5. Nice post, an interesting read, but is this site really the appropriate forum for a warm and fuzzy psychological approach to conflict resolution? Kid gloves approach provides more time for the enemy to go in for the kill. I think there are many who already “have the t-shirt”.
    We must stand in our boots. It’s our choice. We can be known as complacent beaten fools or a society of strong, proud Ontarians defending our constitution-be it whatever it takes-sticks and stones. Name calling doesn’t hurt near as much as being the loser in this green energy scam.
    So Ontario, just what are you made of?
    Will be interesting to see how long this posting remains up I-n-v-a-l-I-d s-e-c-u-r-I-t-y t-o-k-e-n

    • You’re right on Henny. We must stand strong together & fight for our lives & our rights, for which our parents & theirs fought & died. They confronted the enemies & they triumphed, thank God & the only way we’ll win is to do the same.
      This Treasonously Corrupt, On. Liberal Dictatorship, is raking in tons of dough, personally, from the Wind Scam, so can only be stopped by physical force, meaning non-violent blockades. We of course need our Native freinds help & participation, otherwise they’ll just arrest &/or shoot non natives alone.
      But it’s easy for me to observe that reality, not so easy to get everyone concerned together & committed to staffing the barricades, to protect our comunities, province & country, from the biggest worldwide environmental, health & economic threat of the century. IWTs.

  6. “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant”. (Maximilien Robespierre)

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