The Informant Society

Interesting observations from an e-letter put out by freebooter.com:

America and Britain are sinking deeper into militarized police states.
When this occurs society begins to parallel more and more aspects of
Nazi Germany, especially in the context of citizens being turned
against each other, which in turn creates a climate of fear and the
constraining sense that one is always being watched.

One misconception about Nazi Germany was that the police state was
solely a creation of the authorities and that the citizens were merely
victims. On the contrary, Gestapo files show that 80 percent of all
Gestapo investigations were started in response to information
provided by denunciations by “ordinary” Germans.

“There were relatively few secret police, and most were just
processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact.
It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale
surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary
German people who were informing on their neighbors,” wrote Robert
Gellately of Florida State University.

Gellately discovered that the people who informed on their neighbors
were motivated primarily by banal factors   “greed, jealousy, and
petty differences,” and not by a genuine concern about crime or
insecurity.

Gellately “found cases of partners in business turning in associates
to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors;
neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared
bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments.”

“And then there were those who informed because for the first time in
their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what
they said.”

Gellately emphasizes the fact that the Germans who sicked the
authorities on their neighbors knew very well what the consequences
for the victims would be families torn apart, torture and internment
in concentration camps, and ultimately in many cases death, but they
still did it with few qualms because the rewards of financial bounties
and mere convenience were deemed more important to them.

There can no longer be any doubt that Muslims and political dissidents
are the new Jews. Anyone who dares to speak truth is now instantly
marginalized by the establishment as a crazy conspiracy theorist or a
dangerous extremist.

Governments have feverishly exploited staged terror attacks such as
9/11 and the 7/7 bombings to launch a purge against society’s
malcontents in order to eliminate the only roadblocks to their agenda,
just as Hitler did after his own adjutants burned down the Reichstag.

They have gone about this by creating an army of tattle-tale
informants eager to spy on and report people in their own community
under the delusion that they are carrying out a patriotic duty, when
in reality they are laying the groundwork for a repeat of the horrors
that historically follow when the state is successful in setting the
people against each other on such a massive scale.

Thanks goes to PJ Watson for the above thoughts.

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