annatar1914 wrote:If people don't realize these things, chances are they don't care, and it doesn't effect them to a significant degree..
It does affect them greatly, but most people are simply too stupid to understand what's going on.
65 MILLION “NEED NOT APPLY”https://nelp.org/wp-content/uploads/201 ... Apply1.pdf
[...] At the same time that the background check industry has expanded, the share of the U.S. population with criminal records has soared to over one in four adults.
"over 1 in 4 four adults" (more like 1 in 3) have criminal records. That's the INSANE result of overcriminalization!
The average individual however is naturally paranoid - a consequence of insufficient intelligence. Paranoia is simply irrational fear of things or people that either don't exist, or are not dangerous. In other words paranoid people are not able to correctly identify dangers, misidentifying non-dangers as dangers. And since they can't identify dangers, there's also the other side of the same coin: they also misplace trust - in other words they trust the wrong people.
In today's America, the state has become the main threat to people's happiness, freedom and life. Criminals are a much, much smaller issue. For the most part, unless you get involved with organized crime, the danger posed by criminals is pretty small and a passing issue.
Normally, your things can get stolen, you can get robbed, beaten up and the like. You'll get over such things quite easily. Sure, there are some other more serious crimes that can happen to you, but they're too rare to matter too much for the average individual.
The state on the other hand, can easily inflict enormous distress and pain on you, it can also quite easily ruin your life completely.
In the western world(and especially the US), the state is by far the biggest and most dangerous enemy to the average individual.
annatar1914 wrote:Totalitarian societies would by definition have no freedom whatsoever; that's why I suggest to others to not use such non-realistic, non-descriptive labels as ''totalitarian''.
A society that has "no freedom whatsoever" - that's a nonsensical concept. How could a society have no freedom whatsoever?
annatar1914 wrote:Give examples of this alleged Draconian legislation if you please.
And what exactly is this ''normal'' behavior or things that you think allegedly opens up Western citizens to be vulnerable to ''State action"? That is yet to you ''trivial/absurd''?
You're going to have to be more clear on what these sorts of prohibited things/acts are.
This is how it all begins... indoctrination and exposure to the abuses of the totalitarian police state from a very early age:
In most sane countries on this planet, the only contact schoolers would have with police would be related to traffic regulations so that the children can safely cross the street. In totalitarian America on the other hand, PRE-schoolers may get to see what it's like to be in handcuffs - something that's very likely to happen to them for real sooner or later.
And for good reason: real handcuffing may come to them extremely soon:
KINDERGARTEN PERP: SCHOOL BACKS OFF HANDCUFFED 4-YEAR-OLD
'It's no wonder our young people are being treated like criminals'
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2015/01/kindergarte ... YFkkhTK.99
Then you have another type of insanity that's completely out of control in the US:
6 year old Florida child taken from her parents by police and forcibly held in psych ward.http://ontariomove.blogspot.com/search/ ... 20pipeline
This is not an isolated incident in Florida. Last year more than 11,000 Florida children were Baker Acted from school.
If you think it's "just a blog" here's the official data: https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/docu ... report.pdf
This is the end result of democracy where the stupid and the ignorant have a say: pseudoscientific psychiatry and its charlatans are manufacturing imaginary "mental illnesses" at a crazy rate and the uneducated populace falls into their trap allowing unspeakable abuses to happen.
This one seems old enough already:
But only in Yankeeland.
The following ones are already hardened criminals and arresting/jailing them is proper way of dealing with skipping class:
Also, only in Yankeeland.
Now, I'm not going to show absurd cases of ordinary people of average age being arrested/convicted/imprisoned, as I'd have to create the longest post on this forum... so I'll just jump to the other end of the spectrum.. errr, I mean age:
90-Year-Old Arrested For Feeding Homeless Will Continue ‘As Long As There Is Breath In My Body’https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/ ... 47274.html
This is what "Land of the Free" looks like!
And now, a "real crime":
95-year-old woman arrested after hitting granddaughter with slipper, police sayhttps://www.wftv.com/news/local/95-year ... /746444126
Calling the cops because your 95 year old grandmother threw a slipper at you. So we don't have just insanely abusive legislation but also insanely stupid people who will use and abuse the system for the most trivial things imaginable. There's this insane american culture of calling the cops for ridiculously trivial reasons. Lots of people regretted calling the cops as the consequences can be dire for the various actors involved. Sometimes even those who call the cops can pay the ultimate price: with their lives.
This is just a teeny-tiny part of US-style totalitarianism...