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Proclivities Towards Fulfilling Destinies of Empires - An Act of One - or An Act of Desperation

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), May 7, 2022 at 15:52

Autocratic tendencies of tyrranical mindsets are not all that rare in the range of human conditions (emotions notwithstanding) when observing how easily a single individual imbued with certain characteristics and politcal intrigue can be very quicly elevated to a place of 'leader' (pick any well known individual of modern or recent history to have ascended to such an elevated status), the extent of such accumulation of power moderated only by the ease by which any obstacles that may have been presented are overcome; either by force or acquiesence; or both. HIstory has accomodated these situations with no loss of candidates for such a time as this; and the Russian leader of the "Muscovite legacy' has risen to the to of the list, though in no wise isolated amongst a number of individuals seeking similar acclaim in a world filled with such troubled minds.
Thus, a legacy is complicated with the legacy started last century in which science was enlisted to bring a dangerous element to how power was appropriated, then magnified to exacerbate the political realities of keeping one such individual from forcing destinies of the few over the futures of many: and how that power is wielded in either threat or execution to achieve those goals. When does that threat exceed the rationality of its dangerous premise and slip into the mentality of desperation. More importantly, is there a threshold when that moment is achieved and a proper response to quell the possibility might be accompished?

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