How Police States Are Built

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
By Paul Martin

How Totalitarian Police States Are Built

by Jack D. Douglas
LewRockwell.com

Totalitarian state powers grow by great leaps and bounds in the midst of obvious threats to the safety of the people, such as major wars and great financial crises. This has happened repeatedly in the U.S. from Lincoln’s Civil War to Bush and Obama’s Global “War On Terrorism” and their “Saving” the American people and the world from the Great Financial Crisis the government created through the wild pump-priming of the Federal Reserve and Big Banks. When the crisis is over some of those powers are reduced, but not eliminated, so the totalitarian powers ratchet up one big step at each major crisis and over a century and a half the U.S. government would by those big steps alone have created most of the totalitarian police powers it now possesses.

The Secret Police and federal banking system are extreme examples of that. There were no Secret Police or federal banking system before the Civil War, though the U.S. Bank Jackson eliminated was in small part a federal bank de facto. We now have sixteen publicly known secret police armies at the federal level and no doubt many top secret ones not admitted to exist, as the NSA and others were long top-secrets. The Fed and Ten Big Banks it guarantees and oversees control about 75% of all banking loans now and are a gigantic financial tyranny working almost entirely in secret on the crucial issues.

These processes by which totalitarian systems grow from created or perceived “Threats” in democracies have been obvious since the ancient world when tyrants like Sulla and Caesar and Augustus built their hidden tyrannies in these ways. Even when Augustus had become an extreme tyrant controlling almost all of the still standing institutions of the Republic of Rome, he was able to hide it carefully enough that most Romans, as far as we can tell, did not know he was a tyrant at all. Other tyrannies have been just as successful at secrecy in Republics, from the Medici in Florence to the USSR and other People’s Republics and the U.S. today.

While they have grown mostly by the big steps “absolutely needed to save the people from grave threats,” they have also used many other deceitful processes and devices. ranging from the use of secret police acts of tyranny, such as massive intimidation of officials and bribery of all kinds. and keeping the ancient forms of freedom but secretly refilling them with tyrannical powers of the Party or Leader, to building the totalitarian powers very slowly in baby steps that come on cat’s paws, very quietly and gently in ways the people rarely notice and when they do accept as “small inconveniences but nothing serious.” Just as intelligent monetary officials build inflation by small increases in the money supply over long periods so the people will not feel enough pain at any time to revolt, so the intelligent tyrant in general uses small steps on gentle cat’s paws to slowly eat away the real freedoms below the pain threshold of public perception. The Fed was imposed on the American people by a conspiracy of big bankers working with the government secretly in 1913. At that time the U.S. gold based currencies issued had slowly been gaining real purchasing power on average since the Revolution, with some oscillations, including the huge inflationary fall in purchasing power during the Civil War when federal greenbacks and Confederate money was poured out by the governments to pay for the war. In this century the Fed has produced a step-by-step, ratchet up inflation of over 2,000% without the people revolting and burning down the Fed. People get very mad during the inflations of war time, so the government imposes price controls which hide the inflation by driving it into the soaring black markets.

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