Arguably, every effort to define something starts with “I know it when I see it”. Then we proceed to draft a definition that includes what we want included but excludes what we don’t.
They are just the spectacular tip of the authoritarian control iceberg
…as a way not to feel helpless
Destruction seems as good a form of control as any when there is no other way to alter our environment constructively
Conspiracy theories are the assertion of informational control over a painfully chaotic world
Scapegoating is a distraction tool. When the international community defends the scapegoats they help the dictator achieve this goal
When you don’t feel helpless, you don’t need to blame the victim
The sense of being in control is a more pressing need than not making things worse – But collective control is not a thing