Monday, 3 August 2009
Stasi just missed the point completedly
Yesterday the Media reported that 1500 people had had their reputations,careers and personal relationships blighted by the Criminal Records Bureau.
The four things that are certain is that if you give the State any personal information, they will a) abuse that information, b) lose it c) record the data incorrectly,d) use it against you.
The obsession of this Stasi State is with the minutiae of your life, because nu-socialism and nu- conservatism requires you to conform. Neither celebrate diversity. By that I am not talking the narrow confines of Race, but of views, expectations and political outlook. Freedom to think is not a requirement of the State, that has already been done for you.
I was flicking through a book yesterday by Anna Funder, called Stasiland about the ordinary citizens experience in the DDR. The Stasi had vast files on each individual, torture cells, 'smell' jars with items of peoples underwear in, so that people could identified by their smell if they had done some like attend an illegal meeting.
Yet for all this vast amounts of information the Stasi failed to predict the fall of communism in the DDR !
And as for conditioning on both sides of the State/Citizen fence, when 'the people' stormed the Stasi offices in Leipzig, the Stasi demanded their ID papers when they broke in, The revolutionaries dutifully showed their papers. Formalities completed the Revolutionaries started taking the place apart, and the Stasi fled.
Government is a construct, it only exists because we believe it exists and has power over us. A bit like tinkerbell really !
Stop believing in the State, and it will be exposed for what it really is, a refuge for the incompetent.