Man will always (I don't speak for women) seek power enough to express himself and this will always suffice to persecute, dominate, and manipulate others.
In this I am a conservative, for I do believe human nature is fixed. What can go wrong, I assert, will go wrong. One need only wait. One need only watch families to see that persecution is cultivated young and no political, cultural, or belief system will ever remedy this completely. And so in enough time you will have people with the charisma enough, and others with the affection/neediness/desperation enough to devote themselves to others.
This is bombastic and stupid, but it is correct--if you want to see demagoguery and control and ruthlessness, it is important to look at the pathologies of millions, but I say to you that very little is expressed there that is absent from a smaller scale. Violence, orchestration, cruelty, internalized control... All society's maladies are present in families. We were not corrupted by the state. We gave birth to it and replicate it every day. We don't even need to play it out; it would die without our assistance and the truth is that it is maintained daily by us.
And so I advocate resistance and upheaval and destruction when we assert it is necessary. Will these efforts go wrong? Yes. Inevitably. But still we try. Still we do our best. Still we seek freedom for ourselves and freedom for others. And this is a very subjective concept, I grant. Freedom ain't rational and never will be. You can't draw the line at control through overt violence or political systems. Anyone who has seen individual violence knows that you can have the best system in the world and yet, in the moment, you can still be enslaved or corrupted or crushed or co-opted, finding yourself your own jailer.
This will never go away.
But nevertheless I believe in finding a way to liberate ourselves and help others liberate themselves. I just don't know what form it needs to take, now or ever.
I am happy to fumble through this until my ideas get better.