As some one who lived in Gemany for 12 years, I studied long and hard to discover what finally tipped the East Germans into peaceful revolt, leading to the end of one of the most oppressive regimes in Europe.
Let's look at what Socialism offered them:
Free healthcare for all, jobs for life, free pensions, free education and "equality" of all.
That's a pretty powerful package to offer anyone who has just lost everything in a world war. Coupled with cheap beer, most people gladly signed up and kept their heads down.
Once the State had control, it does what all States with total control do. It turned on it's citizens. Everyone was a suspect, no one was to be trusted, the enemy was within. The individual ceased to exist and the collective "good" was all that mattered. Yet still, the benefits of utter compliance were still good if you kept your mouth shut. Except one.
You had to wait 15 years to obtain even the shittiest form of independent travel, the Trabant. The fibre glass, two stroke shitbuckets were the badge of total compliance. If you had one, it was because the State allowed you to have one.
You've waited 15 years for the independence of your own little mobile space and now you can freely travel, well,.... nowhere. Borders. Sure, if you were trusted, they might let you wander down to Prague to visit a workers convention or witness the bumper grain harvest in Poland but free movement? No chance.
And they snapped. They realised they would never see the Alps, never paddle their feet in the Med, never eat a hot dog in New York, never see Machu Pichu or a kangaroo and decided enough was enough. A job, a house and a pension was no substitute for the freedom to travel. One peaceful, simple protest and the State failed. Instantly. It had been built on sand and couldn't defend itself from it's own citizens.
Anyway, you'd have thought they'd have learned wouldn't you? Don't restrict movement of citizens and they'll put up with all sorts of shit. Nope, they haven't.
Lord Smith of Finsbury of the Environment Agency is proposing that citizens be issued with "Carbon Credits". Permits to travel. Petrol, flights, electricity is to be rationed. Use up your allowance and you're grounded. Going nowhere. In the dark. Park the Trabant on the drive and walk. Not a voluntary scheme for yoghurt knitting ecoloons either. All of us. (Except inner party members and ministers no doubt).
” The committee concluded: “Widespread public acceptance, while desirable, should not be a pre-condition for a personal carbon trading scheme; the need to reduce emissions is simply too urgent.”It IS coming and they will shake their heads in disbelief when the citizens once more decide enough is enough and throw them on their arses. Cries of "but we gave you benefits, we gave you free health, education, pensions, jobs for life. All we asked is that you complied with every demand we made, you ungrateful bastards"
Bring it on. The sooner, the fucking better. Wir sind Ein Volk und wir wollen Freiheit.