As Lincoln famously put it, the American government is a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” The American government is supposed to serve the people, and exist for the people’s benefit—not the other way around. This ideal is what inspires belief in the American experiment. Hell, this ideal is what makes America “exceptional”: A government of the people, by the people, for the people, and answerable to the people, is why America is unique, and “better” than other forms of government.
The goal and prerequisite of every totalitarian nation, on the other hand, is the control of the citizenry, and it’s enslavement for the benefit of the State. In totalitarian regimes, the people very existence is for the benefit of the State, which thus treats them like so much cattle: Efficiently milking them until they are sent to the slaughter. World War II and the Cold War were fought by the United States and the Western Democracies precisely so as to defeat totalitarian regimes bent on enslaving more people under their yoke. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were the epitome of these totalitarian states—and they could not exit without the Totalitarian Two-Step: Control of the citizenry, and enslaved exploitation of the citizenry thereafter.
Now, if knowledge is control, then Snowden’s NSA leaks prove how the American government is gaining more and more control over the lives of U.S. citizens.
Read the complete article at Gonzalo Lira Blog here.
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