The police state is personal

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May 25, 2011
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"A police state is more commonly described as a totalitarian government that exerts extreme social, political, and economic control. It maintains this control by a pervasive surveillance of its own citizenry, by draconian law enforcement, and by granting or withholding 'privileges such the ability to travel. Typically, there is a special police force, such as a Stasi, that operates with no transparency and few restraints. Unlike traditional policemen, who respond to crime, the purpose of such state police is to monitor and control society. Let me restate my opening question: does America now embody this common description of a police state? Clearly it does." (05/25/11)

http://mises.org/daily/5317/The-Police-State-Is-Personal  

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