The Unintended Consequences of Despotism

April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One of the most fearsome fighting arts the world
has ever seen was born from the very flames of tyranny.

Armed with just his determination, patriotism,
and a simple bamboo staff, men like him struck true
terror into the hearts of the Japanese occupiers of
Okinawa in the 17th century.
Throughout history, despotic regimes and brutal collectivist systems have crushed their civilian populations’ backbones, burning to death their freedom and liberty, and using tactics of intimidation and terror against anyone they suspected of harboring “deviant” thoughts. However, these attempts at cowing the people they rule over almost never succeed, because one of the most deadliest unintended consequences of despotism, is that it will create entirely new and terrifying fighting arts and methods of resistance amongst the oppressed. Korean Hwarangdo. Okinawan Karate. Chinese Wushu.
These fighting arts are developed by people who refuse to be under the chains of slavery any longer. These fighting arts are developed by the same people who witnessed their loved ones being brutalized in front of them. These are the same people who have lost their fear of persecution and death and only cared about inflicting the same on those who have trod on their people with steel soled jackboots.
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Clare Swinney

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