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Chomskyist wrote

It's because they support hierarchy in general. Even though only one person sits at the top of the pyramid, the rest get to sit somewhere in the middle, above a lot of people that have a lower status in society. They're fine with letting someone be above them, as long as there are people below them.


tapeworm wrote (edited )

They want to be ruled by others because they don't like having to take the initiative to rule themselves. It's like Stockholm syndrome.


ConfettiEggnog wrote

Laziness. It is easier to let your mom do your laundry and stay rent free than even bothering to find a squat.

Stupidity. It's easier to have an opinion in a gaming chair on some forum, than going outside and debate people.

Comfort. It's easier to enjoy the heat paid by a cousin, friend, whatever and smoke, than get rained outside.

Spoiler alert!

The leaders know that too.


OnceaTeacher wrote

People are acclimated to the idea that others should be informed and make the decisions for them. Societal issues seem complex, or are presented as complex by the State and the Ruling Class, and beyond the ability of "regular people" to fathom. So, if someone shows up and proclaims their right/ability to make such decisions, people accept it. This is deeply ingrained; primates seem to naturally adopt a "pecking order" form of group organization, and it would require real resolve and consciousness to fight against slipping back into that; laziness usually wins out over effort, in the long run.

Assiduous propaganda has led people to assume that wealth = wisdom. Therefore if you aren't wealthy, you must lack the wisdom a ruler should have, and someone who is wealthy (or who claims to be wealthy) should be placed in a position of power. Of course, this is nonsense -- as the current POTUS demonstrates to anyone with a trace of observational neutrality. But, should you suggest it, you'd be astounds by the virulence with which you will be attacked and the huge number of people who will use the "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" line of reasoning. But, of course, the fact that if your only concern is getting wealthy, your intelligence and insight might be severely limited in other matters, never gets broached. And, the obvious corollary, that such a person is more likely to use power to enrich himself and his friends than anything else, never seems to occur to people, or is just so normalized we accept the shakedown.

Finally, fear has a lot to do with it. People fear that some "other" will deprive them of the things the have, of their ability to provide for themselves, of what limited freedoms they enjoy, that slavery to the known ruling class seems preferable to the "risks" posed by asserting their own ability to solve problems for themselves. And, indeed, there is a threat, but it mostly is that the ruling class will use its not inconsiderable power and influence to trash society, if they are ever deprived of power.


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People often place dictators in power in times of great strife, after big wars that killed a big percentage of their population, famines, economic depression, etc. They choose to appoint a (supposedly) benevolent dictator that promises to give their country stability and put food in their bellies.


_ziq_ wrote

The small glimmer of hope that they could be the lord some day.


sudo wrote

Brainwashing, and the fact that they don't have a non-shitty candidate to vote for (at least, one with a chance of winning).


Somebody_somewhere wrote

Because they'd rather give up some rights than have their families get murdered.


ziq wrote (edited )

Which is ironic since the state murders more people than anyone can keep track of.


ziq wrote

Indoctrination through fear.