In that regard, as I watch the latest government fiasco of collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans unfold as well as rationalizing the illegal war, occupation and economic rape of Iraq and Afghanistan along with justifying torture as a means to these criminal ends ~ I increasing think of Milton Mayer’s classic THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE ( The Germans 1933 – 1945 ).
Mayer’s book describes the slow but sure seduction of the people as their liberties, freedoms and moral values were gradually stripped away by Hitler’s fascist government while waving the flag of national security and patriotism.
Apathy sets in with each step, as it most certainly has in America, and Mayer knowingly describes the consequences for Germany in the early 1930’s ~ which is already happening for America in 2013.
And that is Mayer’s main point ~ it is the spirit that dramatically changes when we accept if not condone the disintegration of our national moral values through illegal wars and occupations as well as crimes against humanity such as torture, secret renditions as well as intrusive full body scans and pat downs and mass illegal spying. The longer the war on terror continues, the more brazen the government becomes in reducing the peoples/s liberty ~ because they know they can get away with it .
They have all our emails, credit card transactions, Google searches ~ All our phone calls and text messages. All our online activity.
If we don't fight back hard ~ the internet as we know it will die.
If you’re not concerned, you’re on life support.