Letter to the Editor
December 31, 2020
To the Editor:
Obedience is not a virtue.
Exacted from slaves, dogs, and very young children, obedience is an essential component to a well-run society, but not necessarily a free one.
For the tyrant, the despot, the emperor, a well-run citizenry results when its people are taught to do what they are told. This is more easily achieved when the people implicitly and unquestioningly trust their political, religious/scientific, financial, and medical leaders. These leaders generally communicate with the citizenry via mass media, oratory crafted by professional speechwriters, and decree. The p...