And the stage is set for a Stasi style police state

WASHINGTON (AP) – You can take our word for it. Americans don’t trust each other anymore.
We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy – trust in the other fellow – has been quietly draining away.
These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question.
Forty years later, a record high of nearly two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people.
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If you don’t know who Stasi was, they were the East German secret police. Even though they were a small force they managed to intimidate the population of East Germany to the point that neighbors and family members were informing on each other in fear of what might happen to them if they didn’t.
Using that fear, they were able to control the East German population even though they were vastly outnumbered.
Oh wait….. we’re already there. Never mind.

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4 Responses to And the stage is set for a Stasi style police state

  1. Why do you think the government started importing hordes of 3rd world savages in the mid 1960’s? The more diversity a population has, the less trust each member has in his neighbors.

    The joke in East Germany was that half the population was spying in the other half. Thanks to technology, they don’t need half of the population spying, they can just turn the NSA loose.

    Robert Putnam wrote a book about the lack of trust in diverse communities, “Bowling Alone”.

    From Wiki:

    Lowered trust in areas with high diversity is also associated with:
    Lower confidence in local government, local leaders and the local news media.
    Lower political efficacy – that is, confidence in one’s own influence.
    Lower frequency of registering to vote, but more interest and knowledge about politics and more participation in protest marches and social reform groups.
    Higher political advocacy, but lower expectations that it will bring about a desirable result.
    Less expectation that others will cooperate to solve dilemmas of collective action (e.g., voluntary conservation to ease a water or energy shortage).
    Less likelihood of working on a community project.
    Less likelihood of giving to charity or volunteering.
    Fewer close friends and confidants.
    Less happiness and lower perceived quality of life.
    More time spent watching television and more agreement that “television is my most important form of entertainment”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_D._Putnam

    All of these lead to more power for the Feebs in DC.

  2. Phssthpok says:

    And sitting next to my DVD player at this very moment is the film “The Lives of Others” which is a VERY good German film about Stasi activities. Highly recommended…and salient to the current NSA situation.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    • The East Germans had (at that time) unity, a solidarity of language and culture. So when the Soviet backed State began to falter they quickly were able to throw it off.
      We used to have that same solidarity, and we allowed our political masters to piss it away. High trust societies are blessed; safe and a joy to grow up in. As we did if you are old enough and lived in the USA.

      Low trust societies are tribal, low trust or regard for anyone not from the same tribe or family group. Those societies need dictators and strong security forces to keep the lid on.

      That’s the direction we heading in. We already have the dictator sitting in his presidential palace.

  3. James Butler says:

    They don’t need a Staci style SS… Heck with the nsa capabilities, no need to pay anyone to spy on their neighbors…
    Heck see how they are going after unwanted drug dealers… They don’t need spies to know who is doing what? Just the info passed on to right law enforcement agency and have them picked up in a traffic stop…
    And yes we are already there…

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