Tuesday, January 8, 2013

America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

If someone were to ask you for an example of a “totalitarian society”, how would you respond?  Most Americans would probably think of horribly repressive regimes such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany or North Korea, but the truth is that there is one society that has far more rules and regulations than any of those societies ever dreamed of having.

In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives; and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being added.

On January 1st, thousands of restrictive new laws went into effect all over America, but most Americans have become so accustomed to the matrix of control that has been constructed all around them that it does not even bother them when even more rules and regulations are put into place.  In fact, a growing number of Americans have become totally convinced that “freedom” and “liberty” must be tightly restricted for the good of society and that “the free market” is inherently dangerous.

On the national, state and local levels, Americans continue to elect elitist control freaks that are very eager to tell all the rest of us how to run virtually every aspect of our lives. According to Merriam-Webster, the following is one of the ways that the word “totalitarian” is defined: “of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures”.  And that is exactly what we are witnessing in America today – nearly all aspects of our lives and of the economy are very tightly controlled by a bunch of control freaks that just keep tightening that control with each passing year.  We still like to call ourselves “the land of the free”, but the truth is that we are being transformed into a totalitarian society unlike anything the world has ever seen before.  Where will we end up eventually if we keep going down this road?

If you still believe that America is “free”, just consider some of the things that are illegal in America today…

-Starting on January 1st, it is now illegal to make or import 75 watt incandescent light bulbs anywhere in the United States.

-In Oregon, it is illegal to collect rainwater that falls on your own property.

-In New Jersey, it is illegal to have an “unrestrained” cat or dog in your vehicle while you are driving.

-If you milk your cow and sell some of the milk to your neighbor, you could end up having your home raided by federal agents.

-In Miami Beach, Florida you must recycle your trash properly or face huge fines.

-All over the United States, cops are shutting down lemonade stands run by children because they don’t have the proper “permits”.

-Down in Tulsa, Oklahoma one unemployed woman had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs because it did not conform to regulations.

-Over in Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch.  In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.

-At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

-A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was arrested by police for burping in class.

-All over the United States cities have passed laws that actually make it illegal to feed the homeless.

With each passing year, the number of decisions that we are allowed to make for ourselves gets smaller and smaller.

This includes some really fundamental things such as basic health decisions.

For example, the CDC will soon be recommending that nearly every single American be vaccinated for the flu every single year.  The following is from a recent Natural News article
An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person be vaccinated for the seasonal flu yearly, except in a few cases where the vaccine is known to be unsafe.
'Now no one should say ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’ said CDC flu specialist Anthony Fiore.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-0 with one abstention to recommend yearly flu vaccination for everyone except for children under the age of six months, whose immune systems have not yet developed enough for vaccination to be safe, and people with egg allergies or other health conditions that are known to make flu vaccines hazardous.
These “recommendations” are often made into mandatory requirements by school districts and employers all over the country.  Will employers all over the nation soon require all of their employees to take these vaccines each year based on these CDC “recommendations”?  This is already happening in the healthcare field.  Hundreds of healthcare professionals all over the nation are being fired for refusing to take certain vaccines.  It doesn’t matter that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that many of these vaccines are dangerous.  Many health professionals today are being faced with the choice of either submitting to the “recommendations” of the “experts” or losing their jobs.

We see this kind of “creeping totalitarianism” in the business world as well.  As I have written about previously, small businesses all over the country are being absolutely suffocated by mountains of laws, rules and regulations.

One of the biggest changes that small businesses will be dealing with in the next couple of years is Obamacare.  Many small businesses have been cutting back hours in an attempt to get around the new requirements contained in Obamacare.  The following is one example from a news story that was published earlier this week
Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.
'Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.' That’s how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers. 'There are some people doing it trying to get by.'
The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance.
But the IRS has announced that it is going to make it very hard for employers to avoid these new Obamacare regulations.  According to new IRS rules, all firms that “have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees” will be required to provide healthcare for their employees and their dependents.  The following is from a recent New York Times article
Under the rules, employers must offer coverage to employees in 2014 and must offer coverage to dependents as well, starting in 2015.
The new rules apply to employers that have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees. A full-time employee is a person employed on average at least 30 hours a week. And 100 half-time employees are considered equivalent to 50 full-time employees.
Thus, the government said, an employer will be subject to the new requirement if it has 40 full-time employees working 30 hours a week and 20 half-time employees working 15 hours a week.
So conceivably an employer could have only part-time employees and still be required to provide healthcare coverage under Obamacare.

Of course many small businesses will not be able to afford to do this, so expect to see a significant number of them shut down or to try to survive with skeleton crews in 2014 and 2015.

As the number of laws, rules and regulations that govern our lives continues to multiply, the control freaks that run things will continue to try to use technology to watch us all and make sure that we are obeying their rules.

One way that they are doing this is with automated traffic cameras.

Of course much of the time the performance of these cameras is terribly flawed.  Just consider the following example which recently appeared in the Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction.
But the Mazda wasn’t speeding.
It wasn’t even moving.
The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.
But even though technology sometimes fails, the control freaks that run things seem absolutely obsessed with using it to monitor us.  After all, there are so many of us and watching all of us is a very big job.

For example, did you know that listening devices are being installed on public buses all over the United States?  The following is from a recent Wired article
Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.
The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.
According to the article, some of these systems are incredibly advanced and pair the audio that is being recorded with video that is being taken at the same time…
In Eugene, Oregon, the Daily found, transit officials requested microphones that would be capable of 'distilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices, wind, traffic, windshields wipers and engines' and also wanted at least five audio channels spread across each bus that would be 'paired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback.'
But that is just one example of how the surveillance of the American people is rapidly growing.  For many more examples, please see my previous article entitled “29 Signs That The Elite Are Transforming Society Into A Total Domination Control Grid“.

If America continues down the path that it is on right now, the United States will eventually be transformed into a “Big Brother society” that is far more restrictive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of.

We need a fundamental cultural revolution in this nation.  We need a revival of the principals of liberty and freedom that were so important during the founding days of this country.  We need to teach people that even though liberty and freedom may be unpredictable at times, such an environment is greatly preferable to a society where all of our decisions are made for us by a tiny elite.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  Time is running out, and we need to wake up as many as we can while there is still time.

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This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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Anonymous said...

Bull! The government does not tell me where to go to school, what to study, where to work, how many children to have, where I may live, and what I must think.

As a socialist libertarian, I fear tyranny by both the government and private corporations, militia, etc. The state does not have a monopoly on controlling people's lives.

From day to day, I hardly notice the government.
But most people, through a system of private economic organization spend most of their waking hours in an authoritarian, totalitarian system, where you are told when to show up, when to take a break, how long your lunch can last, where to work, and when you may leave. It tells you everyday that you are in a command structure which is both centralized and total. If they no longer want you (perhaps A chinese worker can do your work for 1/10 the cost), you are gone....tossed out.

The totalitarianism of the workplace is so normal that we forget that it is, on a day to day basis, infinitely more repressive of our liberty than the government. In fact, it is most often the government which rescues us from this private tyranny, providing unemployment benefits, establishing minimal limits to how long we can work or how poorly we can be paid.

If you really are concerned with liberty, you would not pretend that the state is the worst oppresser; you would include both government overreach, which we can remedy by insisting on our rights, and the private sector, which is not accountable, cannot be voted out, and with its wealth has captured democratic government.

It is in fact the marriage of the security state and the corporations, which Mussolini defined as fascism, which is the oppressive force. Attacking government, which after all is our only source of power to take back our freedom from a fascist system ruled by the corporate elite, is part of a propaganda mirage by the real control freaks, the corporate power structure which has taken over government on many levels.

If we only attack the state, we both miss the most egregious form of tyranny, which traps us in a totalitarian system 8 hours a day, and destroy the one institution--democratic government--which can be employed to loosen or change the shackles of capitalism.

Private corporations are amoral agencies which exist for private profit. Yet the masses of people are enslaved by them, and they are then taught to aim their resentment not at the oppressive economic prisons in which most people exist, but at the one institution which has the possiblility, if it is wrenched back by the people from the ruling class, can end this tyranny.

We want our government back.

Anonymous said...

"From day to day you hardly notice the government" WTF I guess you don't work and therefore don't pay "income" taxes, you probably don't drive a car either and aren't preyed upon by the local revenue,I mean police officers. You probably don't own any property or do anything that would bring you into close contact with the ever expanding government, ahh you must live in this fiction we call cyberspace, lucky you!?!

Hide Behind said...

I look at US as a combination of "We"; "Brave new World"; de Toquevilles man of no worth even unto himself and my Big Brother the tech guy.
I also lpok at sites such as this as no more than people peeing into the wind
It , a cultural revolution, will not happen as it cannot happen and what and the heck culture are we talking about.
The greatest cultural shift in world did not occur with Christ or the American Revolution it occured after US became a nation and people told the original colonies to go to hell and began walking away from them.
That shift of individual freedom was not found in any colony but was possible because the land was so immense and had such a varied abundance of natural resources.
It was also possible because the technology of the times limited just how powerfull a central government could become.
The culture of that early founding by merchants eventually bordered up the people only because there was no where left to go, not as individuals that is.
Hell today we still are told that our ideas of freedom and democratic principals came from England and thosefirst founders when in truth the Englishman has always been no more than a serf and "Subject" of the state. It was the Germantic origins of confederation of individual villages and provinces run by local elected councilss but with no main power of central government over them.
That was the pattern for US town hall meetings and in fact the basis of idea of states rights.
The fight for individual freedom was quashed by the forms of monarchy and a parlimentary system whereelites ruled over the commoners,house of Lordsover House of commons, the same damn thing wr have had here since 1812.
Today you got tech till heavens gates but you got the sociatal culturaltrairs of english serfs and subjects of the state.

Anonymous said...

Wow, dale you are seriously deluded and you just will not see the truth for what it is until you are one of those taken to a FEMA Camp in the early hours of a morning. Maybe, maybe then you will see the truth. Im from the UK and I cant sleep at night for worrying and stressing over what America has coming and then, the rest of us.

Hide Behind said...

Our whole history has been one of we the people in spite of the government; Well up until about the 1960's to but the we the people have always been in the minority.
The english had to fight the ideas of germanic trafition of individual communitys ruling themselves and fought the Scotts Welsh and Irish clans and kinsman and to this day cannot fathom why Ireland is not England and Scottish identity is once more arisen.
For all you rednecks the term "crackers" came from Scotland and Ireland as they were the ones in the out of way places who would let no man bridle them or rule over them other than ones they chose royal or highborn Scott,Irish or english and would "crack" the skulls of any of that lot who tried to do so.
American cultures ideas upon Liberty, personal and national, in the majority is of their bellys and their crotches not of their minds.
The new technocratic and highly organized state will give them some level of comfort in those regards but as to their minds they in power already know how to mold that.

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