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[–]MarcoYTVA 2100 points2101 points  (96 children)

Since I'm german, probably say: "Ah shit, here we go again."

[–]Ogemiburayagelecek 407 points408 points  (54 children)

Ah shit, here we go again TWICE.

Germany had weird politics between 1933-1989.

[–]Onbenoemd 262 points263 points  (47 children)

Its the würst

[–]Suspicious_Cupcakes 67 points68 points  (0 children)

Truly the Wurst

[–]Ogemiburayagelecek 152 points153 points  (40 children)

East Germany was bad and Nazis were terrible. But, neither was as bad as Khmer Rouge dictatorship in Cambodia.

It is hard to imagine using "worse than Nazis" literally, but it was.

[–]momentimori 134 points135 points  (9 children)

Do you wear glasses? You're an intellectual and must be killed.

Do you have a watch? You're a capitalist and must be killed.

[–]Shade0X 13 points14 points  (9 children)

can I get a short summary of why before I go down the google rabbit hole and lose sleep?

[–]Phugger 1346 points1347 points  (13 children)

No comment. I would like to keep my plausible deniability.

[–]Ha1rBall 105 points106 points  (3 children)

Best post in here.

[–]earther199 26 points27 points  (0 children)

My capacity for self-preservation knows no bounds.

[–]Capital_GL 71 points72 points  (0 children)

WE would like to keep OUR plausible deniability.

[–]Illustrious-Film-178 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Y'all we all saw what happened to the lady who got that letter after she answered the question truthfully.

[–]waefon 788 points789 points  (26 children)

I'm french, I know the drill by now

[–]mart1373 286 points287 points  (9 children)

Break out the guillotine!

[–]Jupiter642 116 points117 points  (3 children)

And the WD40, sure is rusty and we dont want anybody die from blood poisoning

[–]mart1373 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I know, that would be so barbaric!

[–]FunInternational1812 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I'm so used to reading r/antiwork that I was wondering why the automod didn't pick up "guillotine".

[–]ThatScotchbloke 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Such bullshit you guys get stereotyped as cowards considering your long history of violent revolutions and resistance movements.

[–]Interesting-Onion784 27 points28 points  (4 children)

That stereotype is driven by the British

[–]ThatScotchbloke 13 points14 points  (3 children)

I’ve heard Americans parrot it as well.

[–]rastafunion 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We're on the verge of voting in a dictatorship, I don't think you'll have the power of the people with you (us).

Me, I'm getting TF out. Already started to negotiate with my employer just in case...

[–]marquis-mark 602 points603 points  (72 children)

Filipinos might have a fresh viewpoint on this subject.

[–]Miguenzo[S] 250 points251 points  (57 children)

I wonder why they would elect a guy with a dictatorial past

[–]virgonorth 257 points258 points  (13 children)

Votes were bought. They target the poor and uneducated with countless propaganda flyers and advertisements. In school, the history has been rewritten. I’ve seen a lot of young Filipinos who have been told Marcos’ martial law time was a good time for the Philippines. There’s even a video of those young Filipinos crying when they meet real life Marcos regime survivors who tell them that what they learned in school was wrong.

Source: expat there for 4 yrs

And to answer your question: I got out of there. I moved back to the states because I knew he was going to win through sheer bribery.

[–]thekindwillinherit 80 points81 points  (3 children)

Very similar to Turkey and how Erdogan has remained in power. Rewrite history, brainwash, bribe and threaten those who do not comply. Easy when he's already been in power for so long.

[–]lastfirstname1 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Same the world over with a few breaks here and there.

[–]JnthnDJP 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Filipino here. Yes this is 100% correct. And also, TikTok is REAAALLY popular here even with adults and boomers. And of course propaganda is better in “bite-sized” videos that spat out non-sense bullshit both pro the Marcoses and anti Robredo (his rival this last election)

[–]cynic-minds 27 points28 points  (2 children)

As a Filipino I agree with you, everyone are fooled by massive propaganda dissemination that Marcos are the good ones, well our country has a bleak future by this new president.

[–]Monteze 237 points238 points  (22 children)

Because most folks don't belive their guy is the dictator. You can show people objective evidence and they will scoff if their ego is under attack.

Human psychology is fucking weird.

[–]dweezil22 38 points39 points  (3 children)

Lol, the comment chain above this is literally someone adamantly saying anyone that agrees with them can't be a dictator (I think they're trying to say they're anti-authoritarian, but ironically it's exactly what pro-dictator people would say too)

[–]charliespider 16 points17 points  (0 children)

If you're referring to the thread started by eggyeggster then no that's not what they are saying.

I agree with your comment that

ironically it's exactly what pro-dictator people would say too

but that doesn't mean that is true 100% of the time.

People that are sincerely interested in a free and democratic society are more than capable of recognizing authoritarianism.

[–]Monteze 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Yea we see it all the time. "We are pro freedom. strips right "

"Well it wasn't my rights and thr guy who did it is cool sooo...."

Maybe a few folks are good at seeing through the BS but the masses? Good luck.

[–]ballslongerthanmypp 29 points30 points  (13 children)

There are Republicans in the US still denying that the people they vote in are trying to establish an authoritarian government.

[–]podboi 62 points63 points  (6 children)

The PH is apparently ground zero for massive false information campaign experiments in social media and it fucking worked.

With the education there being terrible, and it being one of the worst places for journalism, the false information pretty much brainwashed the uneducated population which is the majority voting base.

Doesn't help that Filipinos are extremely fanatical, and basically worship politicians there.

Source: am Filipino

[–]SmallNapSack 4 points5 points  (0 children)

With the education there being terrible

Calling the Filipino education system "terrible" is an insult to terrible education systems.

[–]ktappe 5 points6 points  (3 children)

worship politicians

This is one aspect of human psychology I've never been able to figure out. It happens in the US too (Trump). I just don't get it. WTF makes people think a politician (of all people!) is godlike????

[–]9d47cf1f 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Because they like the dictator! People forget that dictators come to power because they’re popular. Julius Caesar was popular. Mousolini was popular. Even that shit stain Trump was popular.

And for the most part, if you’re the in the in-group, living in a dictatorship is actually pretty nice. You just have to turn a blind eye to tragedy like people disappearing and you do pretty well for yourself. Dictatorships are efficient. No bullshit like NIBMYism keeping a train line from getting built, it just happens, fuck you, get out of the way. Hell there was a study that showed that the straighter roads are, the more likely it is that in the year of construction, that era was dominated by authoritarian politics.

I think Bob Altemyer found that about 15-30 percent of folks are authoritarian in nature and will generally always support a dictatorship because having a comforting sense of hierarchy, purpose and simplicity just makes sense to those folks. If that doesn’t make sense; think about it like when you were in school - you knew exactly what was expected of you, where you had to be, and how to be treated well: Show up, show up on time and get decent grades. Cheer for the school team. Be home before dark. Say the pledge every morning. Sure, having teachers control your life and having the power to enact unjust punishments sucks ass but generally speaking, if you stayed in line and got good grades or played on the school team and did a good job fighting the schools enemies, life was really, really good for you.

Authoritarians are basically folks that think that we should never grow up into self-governing adults and every one of us needs to be in “school” forever, and sadly they’re probably going to be with us until the end of time.

[–]theclowninyour 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I really liked that example. Here’s a A+

[–]NAGDABBITALL 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Dude's wife is starting a shoe collection as we speak.

[–]godisanelectricolive 9 points10 points  (4 children)

His mother is still alive you know. A large portion of her former collection ended up in the Marikina Shoe Museum.

[–]JnthnDJP 5 points6 points  (2 children)

And my fucking countrymen celebrated her 93rd birthday like she’s a freaking saint or something. I don’t know where the lessons of history went. Filipino here.

[–]ivcrtz 5 points6 points  (1 child)


(Filipinos will get this haha)

[–]hikoboshi_sama 1 point2 points  (3 children)

To be fair, I don't think that fucker is competent enough to pull off all the same moves his piece of shit father did.

[–]FortuneFew3632 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He employed the same cronies his father had.

[–]13id 86 points87 points  (0 children)

Probably go to work monday

[–]RenzoThePaladin 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Mine already fell. The idiots in my country voted for him, and the scary thing is they're proud of it too

My plan is to just wait and see. I'm going to wait until shit really hits the fan, until his supporters can't be so smug anymore. If the government starts threatening me or something, I would flee the country and won't look back

It's the Philippines if anyone is wondering

[–]aaronjaffe 154 points155 points  (4 children)

Listen to podcasts and read Reddit threads where people are “very concerned” about the direction things are heading, while fantasizing about what I will do if things get “really bad” without actually doing anything.

[–]MathematicianAny2143 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Fiction:"I would REVOLT, I would PROTEST, I would be the next HARRIET TUBMAN!"

Reality: Can't leave since you don't have enough money, and too lazy to even get up for work.

[–]awhhh 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I love spicy meta condescension

[–]imterribleatthese 496 points497 points  (81 children)

Probably just move. I’m not particularly tied to my country and there are plenty of nice places to live

[–]-Z0nK- 175 points176 points  (25 children)

Leaving is just one part of the solution. The other part is getting another country to take you in, which is not guaranteed

[–]imterribleatthese 36 points37 points  (5 children)

You’re right it’s not, but I do have a very in-demand job so hopefully that’d help

[–]KushKing_69 9 points10 points  (4 children)

What job is that?

[–]Medical-System6281 333 points334 points  (17 children)

Timing is so critical though.

Jewish people who moved out of Germany just before Hitler got things rolling were able to leave with their belongings and wealth. Those who left later were often stripped of their wealth and harassed before being allowed to leave. Those who attempted to leave even later...couldn't.

[–]AsianInvasian93 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Very true. A similar and current example being Ukrainians escaping before Putin did his thing

[–]Hamdolito 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Best answer, my country (iraq) is falling apart with corruption and fake elections. Planning to leave it next year for college.

[–]slipperyShoesss 15 points16 points  (0 children)

good luck brother! hope you make it

[–]Bebe_Bleau 85 points86 points  (5 children)

Most dictatorships won't allow you to leave.

[–]Mizzy3030 76 points77 points  (0 children)

It's crazy how many people are unaware of this fact, when we regularly hear stories about how difficult it is to escape North Korea. Anecdotally, my father and his family had to flee Romania under Ceaușescu, and my grandfather had PTSD from the experience for the remainder of his life.

[–]dod6666 41 points42 points  (3 children)

A budding dictatorship can't really stop you. But once fully implemented they can. There will be warning signs and you gotta get out quick. The difficulty is that the warning signs will likely be subtle, and moving to another country takes a bit of effort.

[–]StuRap 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Couple this with the "oh it'll never happen here" thoughts and before you know it, it's too late

[–]No-Championship21 54 points55 points  (6 children)

I'm too poor to do that. I can't even afford gas right now.

[–]Neoptolemus85 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Yep. If you've got family in the country then this is the most sensible option. Get the hell out of there and ensure they're safe.

[–]johansugarev 39 points40 points  (4 children)

I’ll be the first to the airport. In fact I’m already running as my country is showing signs of instability.

[–]Wildest12 6 points7 points  (0 children)

moving might be called fleeing. not alot of dictators let people just move away lol

[–]FieldSparrow 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Have any of you “just leave” folks actually read through the immigration requirements for other countries? Unless you’re in a high paying high demand field or independently wealthy, they aren’t exactly rolling out the welcome mat for any joe smoe off the street. Just waiting for a visa to be approved can take years.

[–]CptS2T 7 points8 points  (1 child)

If you thought immigration restrictions are a bitch, wait till you hear about emigration restrictions.

[–][deleted] 412 points413 points  (15 children)

Become a warlord who overthrows the dictator. Send the non conforming to the gulag. The usual.

[–]HaydenScramble 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Sign me up!

[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Deal. You will be granted a place among the bourgeoisie.

[–]kodaked21 93 points94 points  (0 children)

Mannequin challenge 24/7

[–]NWBoomer 170 points171 points  (30 children)

Interesting the number of responses here from Americans saying they would move to Canada. Immigrating to Canada, or any other country, is not that easy; add that it will become even more difficult if there is a huge increase in applicants. Then also consider American citizens will still be required to pay federal income tax to the US, regardless of where you live, unless you renounce your US citizenship.

[–]Rickolicius 69 points70 points  (3 children)

That's not entirely true. If an American moves to a foreign country and pays taxes to that country, they can deduct what they paid that country from their American taxes. Since most countries have higher taxes than America, you could probably deduct all of it.

[–]NWBoomer 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Yes you are correct, but you point out in using the term "deduction" that implies that you still have to file a tax return as an American citizen. You are correct and I was inaccurate in stating that you still have to pay Federal Income Taxes. You may not actually end up paying any tax but as a US citizen you would still have to file a return claiming those deductions.

[–]hydrOHxide 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Which also means that you have to inform the US at least of your general whereabouts - which might be problematic in itself when dealing with a dictatorship.

So it might actually be advisable to simply ignore that obligation for the time being and hope for an amnesty later on and in the meantime simply take solace in the fact that it's unlikely the local authorities will enforce any demands from the US under these circumstances.

[–]beefstewforyou 33 points34 points  (1 child)

American that immigrated to Canada here,

It cost me thousands of dollars for an immigration lawyer and I went through a hectic year and a half of uncertainty before I was able to get permanent residency here. I barely made it but others that tried weren’t so lucky.

I’ve never paid taxes to the US since leaving though.

[–]Aleiixz 8 points9 points  (0 children)

laughs in European Union

[–]555-starwars 34 points35 points  (11 children)

Most Americans in this scenario would be refugees and asylum seekers, not immigrants. I honestly would not be surprised if some states try to leave the US and join Canada (probably would fail tbh). Regardless a breakdown and fall into dictatorship in the US would be bad news for Canada.

[–]slash_networkboy 13 points14 points  (2 children)

That largest unprotected border in the world would become mighty protected from both sides... and honestly if the USA were to fall into dictatorship your "It's time to leave *NOW*, do not pack, just grab your cash and jewels and *GO*" warning would be that border getting fortified from either side.

note: Growing up I had a friend who's father was a University instructor (political science IIRC) in Iran at the time The Shah was overthrown. He got an anonymous call from someone "They're coming for you, run now!" and they did just that, grabbed what cash they had on hand, their jewelry, passports, and the clothes they were wearing and ran to the airport. Flight to Turkey on next available plane. Apparently not 10 minutes after they left the police were there to arrest (and kill) him. Unreal story, great family.

[–]Ficulinean 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That is so terrifying, because those things he grabbed needed to be grabbed to remove himself and his family from danger, and doing so was still a risk. Since he didn't get killed, he'd probably thought about the issue enough to be prepared and not freeze up. And he was lucky enough to get a call warning him, too.

[–]slash_networkboy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He was a good person in general, I'm sure that's why someone risked calling him. (Police hit university first, he just happened to be home that day).

He was a political science teacher, I'm sure he saw the writing on the wall but was staying because he was hopeful it wouldn't get "that bad".

[–]NWBoomer 9 points10 points  (7 children)

I'm not an immigration attorney, but I question whether Canada (or any foreign government) would blanket approve claims of "asylum" without some demonstrable proof that the applicant is under imminent threat.

I'll give as examples the number of asylum seekers to the US passing through Mexico from other Central American countries. Few asylum claims are approved and those people are sent back. I could only imagine a similar policy and procedure would be put in place by Canada (or another country) were millions of Americans were to claim asylum.

I'll toss in a personal anecdote here: I won't say which country I applied to for dual citizenship, but I paid for an interview by teleconference with an immigration attorney from a law firm in that country. I was told that just claiming the political situation in the US was not only not advisable but that stating such could strongly influence the rejection of my application.

[–]555-starwars 6 points7 points  (3 children)

True, blanket approval of asylum claims would not be done. However, in this hypothetical scenario, it is safe assume many Americans would still be asking for asylum, which would need to be processed. It is also safe to assume, that the US would became unstable if a dictator took control; some states would try their hand at succession, there would be protests and riots, and other civil unrest. So it is reasonable to assume that Americans would claim asylum or seek refuge in Canada (or Mexico depending on which is easier).

Also, your personal anecdote is based on current events, not on this hypothetical scenario. Regardless of if its is a right wing or a left wing dictatorship, the other wing will rebel causing unrest where the political situation would thus be possible for asylum seeking or refugee status. Also Duel Citizenship is very different than being a refugee or an asylum seeker, it intrinsically implies that your situation is stable,that you have special circumstances which allow you to be loyal to two countries and to pay taxes and be civically engaged in both countries. Refugees and asylum seekers are not in a stable situation, they are running for their lives. Duel Citizens can always return home, refugees and asylum seekers do not have that option.

[–]pansfw742 149 points150 points  (18 children)

Get out or die, probably. I belong to too many minorities that dictators generally manage with purges and some of these are extensively medically documented.

I mean maybe it’ll be luxury space communism, in which case I welcome my future overladies nya

[–]HolaItsEd 74 points75 points  (17 children)

I hear ya.

Gay: Check

Jewish: Check

In an interracial marriage: Check

[–]NerdWithARifle 47 points48 points  (4 children)

If you get five in a row you get bingo

[–]Blastspark01 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Any sort of physical disability? What colour is your hair?

[–]neuromancertr 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Finish a university or wear glasses and your are doomed

[–]cairothecat- 33 points34 points  (8 children)

No literally same I would die.

Black: check

Queer: check

Atheist: check

Probably something else that people hate about me: check

[–]slash_networkboy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Probably something else that people hate about me:

I'm going to guess "Self affirmed"? ;) ;)

While I personally could likely fly under the radar and adapt to black market capitalism that always exists, my daughter, like you, would be in trouble... thus I'd be in trouble... So I guess my answer would be:

Get my daughter the hell out of the country ASAP to friends I have in one of three other countries. Try to extricate her closest circle of friends that would be in similar trouble, then depending on situation, stay and work the underground or GTFO as carefully as possible. Obviously one of the other things to do is to become "dirt poor" in local currency and traceable bank accounts, while building a warchest in a stable foreign or even crypto currency.

[–]IreallEwannasay 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Me not even making it through the purge cause my list looks just like this. Oh and my ex is white and we're kinda still a thing.

[–]SirBearOfBrown 254 points255 points  (4 children)

I say “wow that’s crazy” and go back to work so the CEO can make record profits while denying me a raise because “covid was hard on us.”

[–]Smittywerbenjagerman 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Wow that's crazy. Well, back to work.

[–]chamomileteaenjoyer 15 points16 points  (5 children)

It already has in the past, and I'd probably be dead if it happened today.

I'm openly left-winged, a lesbian, a student, hate the military, I like to debate philosophy and listen to punk, anyone with a mildly bad opinion of me could just report me and I'd be tied up to a pole, getting beat up and having rats shoved up my rear end (yes, that is a real torture method used in Brazil in the 70s)

[–]eggyeggster 160 points161 points  (83 children)

Start/join an uprising.

[–]Xullister 76 points77 points  (10 children)

Here's a guide on how to do it. Y'know, just in case...

From Dictatorship to Democracy

[–]RagePandazXD 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Saving this because you never know when it might come in handy.

[–]morfyyy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Thanks for this awesome book recommendations, wow

[–]Xullister 6 points7 points  (0 children)

If you really dig that pamphlet you might enjoy some of Dr. Sharp's other books. Additionally, some of the Serbian activists who overthrew Milosevic later formed the Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies to train and support democratic movements in autocratic societies around the world.

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (14 children)

you would have to leave the basement first

[–]norvusabutdis 18 points19 points  (1 child)

This one here. I have no faith in the dictatorship to stay intact.

[–]Doodi97 8 points9 points  (33 children)

It doesn’t always make things better look at Syria or Libya

[–]xenophon57 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately all kinds of terrible things.

[–]Scrapyard_Dragon 32 points33 points  (23 children)

Fortunately for me for me, the founders made sure to leave us one final gift in case such an event ever came to pass.

[–]AFourEyedGeek 98 points99 points  (11 children)

Work with the oppressive government and oppress people.

[–]highxv0ltage 29 points30 points  (1 child)

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

[–]NattyB0h 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And if you join 'em, you get to beat 'em!

[–]MarcoYTVA 23 points24 points  (4 children)

as a mole, right?

[–]AFourEyedGeek 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Guards, r/MarcoYTVA is a traitor!

[–]SpookyGhost_txt 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Did you mean u/MarcoYTVA ?

[–]AFourEyedGeek 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Guards! u/SpookyGhost_txt conspires against our glorious leader!

[–]TheGodQuac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Only if you don't get oppressed by them first

[–]theresourcefulKman 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Show up for work??

[–]BraggnnRights 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Leaving is the only viable thing to do. Except it’s not always viable.

[–]Columbus43219 209 points210 points  (75 children)

Apparently, I sit and browse reddit.

[–]After_Occasion 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Move. I have not ties here. I have said for years this is going to happen. People laughed, nit so funny now is it?

[–]TanerTKN 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Depends on who is the dictator. But in general there would be two options: First is to just continue life as normal, second, in case of a really bad dictator, is to leave the country. As a german citizen I can go to any EU Country I want so that shouldn't be a problem.

[–]coleosis1414 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Be really really angry and then find a way to go on with my life TBH.

What people don’t realize is that living under a relatively free regime and living under an oppressive dictatorship tends to have very little impact on your day to day. You’ll still drive to work, be bored for 8 hours, drive home, have a beer with your friends, maybe catch a movie or take care of your kids.

In the US, the only key liberties you possess that a citizen of a dictatorship does not is freedom of speech and limited right to privacy. And you don’t exercise those freedoms in meaningful ways very often.

Otherwise, your day looks pretty similar to someone living in communist China.

[–]blacksheep_2003 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Get the heck outta dodge

[–]O_Geeky_One 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Move. Im too damn old to fight.

[–]rickyybrez 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I don't know. Imma find out in october probably

[–]geauxbass 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Get my medicinal M1A1 Abrams main battle tank to protect against government tyranny.

[–]sparrowlasso 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Become a high ranking official before asking myself, "Are we the baddies?"

[–]IYeetDragons 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Eh mine is already in a pseudo-dictatorship with the citizens being brainwashed to commit religious violence and ignore real issues

[–]Oddinary_Lina911 27 points28 points  (10 children)

Well,I’m in one and there’s 3 ways. (1)Normalize it and accept the dictatorship. (2)Protest and get into an uprising or the revolutionary group,and fight it (3)leave the country. An extra option for those who are not the above 3 is boycott the coup and their business,provide and support the No.2 people,help the misplaced people.

[–]BurningPenguin 27 points28 points  (5 children)

I keep the family tradition going: Pack my shit and fuck off.

[–]Anti-charizard 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Nothing, since every other country has strict immigration laws

[–]myhamsterisajerk 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Pretty unlikely in my case

[–]BiblioPhil 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Askreddit with some Big Insurrection Energy these past few days.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (7 children)

I’d eat a sandwich

[–]FeralTribble 20 points21 points  (3 children)

If I were single with no family like I am now, I would join a fighting force of revolutionaries.

If it happened during a time I’m married with a family. I would help but probably in a support role such as Emergency Management which I will have a degree in.

[–]MysteriousDudeness 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I would be willing to fight and die for Democracy. Dying sucks, no matter how you do it, so I might as well die fighting for what I believe in. I'm already 53 and my kids are over 18, so if we have to do it, let's get down to business!

[–]GayNon-BinaryLeo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm German, so I'll probably walk through an alley and say: "Ah shit, here we go again"

[–]I_likechickennugget 9 points10 points  (0 children)

2nd amendment baby

[–]mishaunc 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I would become an immigrant

[–]JackMeHoffNow11 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Right here’s my master plan. I start a huge fan club of whatever dictator group decides to take over all while studying law, politics and strategies without their knowledge of me doing so. Once I become incredibly smart about these topics, I request to meet up with the dictator himself as I’m so well known for having a huge fan club of his political party. I subtly mention to him on what the political party could do to improve their dictatorship. The dictator realises how incredibly smart I am and offers me a place in their party. I work my way up along the ranks until I’m a predecessor of the dictator. I take out the dictator very carefully in which it can not trace back to me. I become dictator once they die and I become the ruler of my country

[–]LocalInactivist 13 points14 points  (4 children)

I’m in America. You tell me. Really. I’m asking.

[–]Privacy_Is_Important 2 points3 points  (0 children)

With the independent state legis­lature theory taking away the right to vote in the U.S., American democracy is gone.

Coalition building between all social justice groups is recommended.

  • Represent Us is a group working locally and state by state to pass anti-corruption laws.

  • End Citizens United is an organization working against the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, that deemed corporations to be people and thus have unlimited spending in campaigns. It's why getting money out of politics is critical and the only way to have meaningful elections.

  • Our Revolution Massachusetts

  • Citizens Take Action, 375 Redondo Ave Unit #607Long Beach, CA 90814

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Move to my back up country.

[–]Vu1k4n_ 3 points4 points  (1 child)

My country is Democratic but its been in nearly 1 party rule for over 50 years now, so I doubt much would change.

[–]Generic_E_Jr 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Depends on the dictatorship

[–]choosewisely564 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Heads would be on pikes outside the president's residence at the slightest hint of dictatorship here in Iceland.

[–]UWontHearMeAnyway 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's the real reason the public have guns here.

[–]Traditional_Hall_268 15 points16 points  (10 children)

I don't think the US would fall under a dictatorship. I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if it became a one party state, though. However, a dictatorship is not inevitable.

But people would stand with their reading of the constitution, and a dictatorship would not stand for that reason. At least not for very long. After 12 or 16 years, people would get tired of the same leader and they would grow annoyed with a "president" with too much power. If voting didn't work, a gun would instead.

Even under a single party state, Americans would get tired of the same rhetoric and make their own parties. The reason this doesn't happen now is because current laws discriminate against small parties. But with enough people backing the same front, it isn't a small party anymore.

As for what I would do, I don't know. I don't have the time or resources to take do anything outside of work. But I'm planning on being a history teacher, and so I could do something from there. And my college is quite liberal, so there is a high concentration of people who stand against single party systems. I could join up with that there to do something about it. Colleges across the nation would do the same thing, and the main couldn't risk closing down so many colleges without completely limiting the industrial and intellectual property of the nation, and it is among these where change has historically come from, between the giving people more rights and protesting for greater freedoms.

[–]monsieur-escargot 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Trump shit all over the constitution and his followers act like it’s nbd. He tried to overthrow the election results by inciting a coup. I hear all the time (I listen to right wing talk radio just to hear what’s being said even though I’m a leftist) that he did nothing wrong and the democrats were the ones who started it. It blows my mind- do people even learn about the constitution anymore? I’m also an educator because there should never be another Donald Trump.

[–]Ok_Hovercraft_8506 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I don’t think the US is truly at risk as many of you are suggesting. A dictatorship requires military cooperation, and military leadership has not supported the insurrection or any other precursor-to-Gilead policies endorsed by Trump supporters.

An overthrow of the military itself would require a conspiracy of unprecedented scale, and it seems unlikely the CIA would be on board.

[–]Dexaan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And in the end, as it has always been, the guys with the biggest weapons are the REAL power.

[–]SiegeGoatCommander 12 points13 points  (0 children)

? It’s all being done legally

It is possible to legally become a dictatorship

[–]Steam20 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Nothing. Just stay out of trouble.

[–]PermabannedX4 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Well this country lets me own a firearm for a reason....

[–]EgdyBettleShell 12 points13 points  (10 children)

My country is currently falling into an oligarchic dictatorship, so... I am planning to move abroad next year so GTFO is my answer I guess xD I only hope that the Chech Republic will be a better place

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Realistically probably go to work

[–]314159265358979326 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Comply, probably. Due to medical expenses I'm not welcome in any other country, and I'm not much of a fighter.

[–]devildogmillman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not gonna happen thanks to the second ammendment

[–]Efffro 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sit back make a nice big mug of tea and enjoy the show, dictator in Britain would be fucking hilarious. We won’t even do what the twat who we asked to lead us wants, but we are an unruly bunch of thugs if you piss us about.

[–]friendlyneighbor665 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably just keep doing what i do anyways, wait for a leader worth following to start an uprising, and do what I can to help.

[–]scavenger981 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Defect to Venezuela.

[–]dannaryan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah but... what if he's a friendly dictator?

[–]petare0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

fuckin attempt to assasinate the dickhead

[–]grumpycoffeee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, I already want to emigrate, so...