I too read the article from the Sydney Morning Herald US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans
as citizen spies
I guess Tom Tomorrow's comments speak it best:
This Modern World
"Facism is a term thrown about too freely, and I don't believe we're at a point that its use is justified--but an oppressive and
intrusive government, however you want to label it, does not ride into town wearing the uniforms and waving the flags of
recognizable evil. It creeps in slowly, wrapped in the flag of your own country, and speaking the language of patriotism and duty.
and at each step along the way, its actions seem plausible and defensible--until one morning you wake up and realize the gulf
between the way things were and the way things are has grown so wide that there is no going back. Sinclair Lewis tried to point
this out more than a half century ago, and given the current climate, It Can't Happen Here
is well worth re-reading (or reading
for the first time, if you've never come across it before).
posted by Cyndy