Throughout the history of hierarchical society dominators have innovated to perfect a shared justifying philosophy: that their hierarchy is not only natural, it is good. That there must be subjugation for there to be order. You are not deserving of dignity. Your duty is to submit
The rulers of every hierarchical society want you to accept their rulership as both rational and ethical and to regard your own debasement and alienation as ungrateful delusions. Like capitalist realism, they can more easily imagine an end to the world than an end to hierarchy.
Hierarchical power structures, having reigned over diverse populations, have had to develop a growing list of ideological justifications for the misery they induce; gerontocracy, patriarchy, divine right, representationalism, white supremacy, cisheteronormativity, and so on...
Each of these justifications has been instrumental in propping up structures of domination in the past, crafted to breed contempt and self-loathing within the masses. To the degree that each is not holistically addressed, it will be an avenue for self-sabotage in our movements
Be wary of those who tell you to deprioritize the struggle of some oppressed peoples or to harbor some hierarchy of power within the movement. They have still not rid themselves of the dominator’s brainwashing and they are implicitly asking us to make ourselves weak to the enemy

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