You know what, it can happen here

From How a Police State is Born by Steve McCann.

When societies lose their freedom, it is not ordinarily because autocrats or tyrants have forcibly taken it away. It is usually the result of the population willingly surrendering their freedom in return for protection against an external threat. While the threat is oftentimes real, it is invariably exaggerated.

This is what we in the United States are experiencing. The general public has been stampeded by the fearmongering in the media into demanding action from the politicians at both the state and federal level. The politicians respond and do not pause to ask whether these actions will work — just do something! They do not ask if the financial and societal cost to the nation is worth the unknown and perhaps nebulous return.

Any student of history and human nature would recognize that these are the classic symptoms of collective hysteria. Hysteria is contagious. This nation is turning itself inside out as we, thanks to the media, are exaggerating the threat and not stopping to ask if the cure is worse than the disease.

He concludes:

In its 244-year history the United States has weathered seven of the worst pandemics in world history without the hysteria and loss of liberty and freedom. All indications reveal that the Coronavirus will be exponentially less life-threatening than any of these previous pandemics.

Is the Coronavirus pandemic serious enough to warrant putting much of the nation’s population into house imprisonment, or wrecking the economy for an indefinite period of time, or prohibiting worshipers from attending their churches, synagogues or mosques, or outlawing freedom of assembly and travel, or destroying businesses that have taken years to build up, or saddling future generations with unfathomable debt? The nation is choosing to plunge millions of people into depression, heart attacks, suicide and unbelievable distress, though they are not especially vulnerable and will only suffer mild symptoms or none at all.

This is what a police state is like. It is a nation in which the government can issue orders and edicts or convey preferences with no legal authority. Yet, it appears the majority of the American people are willing to sacrifice their freedoms and way of life in order to empower such a potential police state in the guise of conquering a pandemic. Governments never give up power once attained. They only seek to normalize it and now they have in their toolbox the knowledge that the citizenry will meekly acquiesce to any national emergency being declared an existential crisis which requires government to unconstitutionally impose its will on the people. 

Via Police States and the Corona Clampdown.

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15 Responses to You know what, it can happen here

  1. Robber Baron

    Victorians love their imprisonment, its
    Einsatzgruppen is frothing at the bit bullying citizens going about their daily lives and the Fuhrer Andrews is having multiple orgasms each time he gets to threaten Victorians with Stage 4 restrictions.

    How do we get to wind this back without much bloidshed?

  2. Hay Stockard

    It is hysteria on steroids.
    I have had some thoughts that our dear leaders are having a laugh to see how far they can go. Then reality strikes and I realise that the swivel eyed loons are a gang of humourless inept panicky megalomaniacs with despotic leanings and ideas above their station. And that our police farces really want to emulate the staasi.
    I,don’t think enough of us are pushing back.

  3. John Bayley

    How do we get to wind this back without much bloidshed?

    We don’t.
    After all, it’s for our own good.
    And, after all, we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.
    Comrades.

  4. Judge Dredd

    It is pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain that this is exactly what is happening. Like with climate change, I am sure those in charge know how much of a farce this is and they will also be thinking how hard this will be to walk back due to social and international pressure, again just like climate change (except more hysterical). So, there is no going back whether the leaders in charge want to or not, whether they also believe this is a farce or not.
    The thing is, this sucked in the right as much as it did the left due to our feminised society that defaults to overly emotional responses whilst obeying the authorities blindly.
    Weak men really do create hard times.
    However, let’s not get down, despair is a sin after all and there are great opportunities ahead – those that are faithful have much to have hope about and will be much better prepared for these material changes.

  5. Robber Baron

    Thomas Jefferson knew what he was talking about. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

    Despot Dan certainly would make great manure.

  6. max

    Century ago, American people did not have much faith in the federal government or medical science. Today they do not believe anything else.

    When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.

  7. max

    Robber Baron
    #3396479, posted on April 6, 2020 at 8:03 pm
    Thomas Jefferson knew what he was talking about. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

    The essence of revolution and wars is centralisation of power.

    Revolutions centralize power. In order to fight centralized power militarily, you must centralize power, and this only leads to a shift of loyalty to a new group of centralists.

    Every revolution in history has moved towards the centralization of power, including the American Revolution.

    The transformation of the Roman Republic into the dictatorial empire was accomplished solely through war and the military. Is the United States somehow the divinely created exception to this ubiquitous fact of world history?

    conservative sociologist Robert Nisbet warned against war as the destroyer of both social stability and liberty. He viewed war as the social force above all forces in society that can lead, and has led, to the centralization of the state, which has made mass politics possible. It undermines men’s faith in local associations, which therefore undermines the cultural pluralism and localism that retard centralization and bureaucratization.

    It is a matter of frequent note by historians that almost everywhere war needs inspire, in the interest of equity and of social stability, more ”socialist” reforms than does the ideology of socialism.

  8. Tim Neilson

    Ode to the Hunchback of Spring Street

    You can get it diving.
    You can get it driving.
    You can get it showing them how.
    Matter of fact we’ve got it now.
    A hard spruiked crisis needs a big dose of totalitarianism.
    And the best totalitarianism is Vic.
    Victoria’s H1tler.

  9. Howard Hill

    Revolutions centralize power. In order to fight centralized power militarily, you must centralize power, and this only leads to a shift of loyalty to a new group of centralists.

    But we don’t have centralists now, we’ve got all out totalitarians! Hang the bloody lot of them and water that tree of liberty!

    And if someone wants to declare themselves supreme leader. Put them in front of an anti-aircraft gun, leftists seem to like that method!

  10. Iampeter

    In its 244-year history the United States has weathered seven of the worst pandemics in world history without the hysteria and loss of liberty and freedom. All indications reveal that the Coronavirus will be exponentially less life-threatening than any of these previous pandemics.

    This is a great way of putting it and kinda says it all really.
    But Steve, even as I agree on this, where are your criticisms of Trump who is overseeing the implementation of this police state?
    Also, as someone who supports nationalism, regulating who gets to live where, who they do business with, etc, you already support a police state. Why are you now suddenly opposing it?
    All we’re seeing here is the implementation of nationalist policies.

    This is what Trump supporters wanted and it turns out you didn’t even need to build a wall!

  11. Terry

    “nationalism, regulating who gets to live where”

    Are you deliberately conflating a sovereign border between Nation-States with geographical restrictions within a Police State? Or are you just being obtuse?

  12. Zatara

    You know what, it can happen here

    Indeed. But I’m afraid there is a much stronger case that a police state has emerged in Australia than the US.

    The US police aren’t issuing $1,600 tickets for playing backyard cricket for instance. Nor are they pulling people over asking why they are driving and issuing $1600 tickets if the answer doesn’t satisfy Deputy Dawg.

  13. Iampeter

    Are you deliberately conflating a sovereign border between Nation-States with geographical restrictions within a Police State? Or are you just being obtuse?

    It’s not that I’m conflating anything, it’s just the same thing: arbitrary disruption of people going about their affairs.

    Nationalist Trump supporters, just like their Socialist Bernie Bro counterparts, are all getting a good taste of what their policies mean in practice and taken to their logical conclusion.

  14. nfw

    I suppose there is one good ting to come out of this. The morons/clowns in Macquarie St abolished the very useful and knowledgeable Transport Police and said the NSW Police could do the job. Of course they would say that to increase their numbers and then ignore the trains, buses and ferries. Well now they can concentrate on fare evaders and keeping feet and dirty Wuhan Flu Virus shoes (been to large Chinese areas recently and not seen them spit on the ground?) off the seats. I often wonder about those out walking their dogs so they can crap on playing fields and cats out on the prowl; aren’t dogs and cats virus vectors as well?

  15. Zatara:

    But I’m afraid there is a much stronger case that a police state has emerged in Australia than the US.
    The US police aren’t issuing $1,600 tickets for playing backyard cricket for instance. Nor are they pulling people over asking why they are driving and issuing $1600 tickets if the answer doesn’t satisfy Deputy Dawg.

    The distressing part is just how quickly the police started issuing fines. That sound is the sound of 300 years of tradition being flushed – the tradition being being the Policeman is a uniformed civilian whose authority arises from the consent of the citizen.

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