:: Tuesday, August 30, 2005
HAVE WE BECOME NAZI GERMANY?
so.. hi.. it's been a while.. I've been.. um.. busy.. on.. things.. and stuff with things.. and other such preoccupations.. and now.. finally I find myself not so mentally deadlocked on such trivial matters (ie: remixes for lunatics to release on their CD single in the UK) that I feel the need to rant on a few issues.. so yeah.. here goes.. time to catch up on the backlog..
I'm likely not the only one to notice an increasingly disturbing trend in world politics.. watching in horror as our wacky "democractic" nations beset by the potential threat of fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism.. go to equally extreme measures to counteract them.. yeah.. it's kinda like watching the war on drugs.. faced with the threat "drugs".. we start a WAR on drugs.. thus producing a scenerio far worse than what we began with.. a few deaths by the hands of unsrupulous drug dealers is one thing.. but to convict 1000's of casual users like Indonesia does.. just for possessing a few tablets for personal use? are we any better off? is it even a useful deterrant? why convict people to DIE simply for the crime of personal choice? large corporations pump tonnes of noxious chemicals, radioactives and biohazards into the airways, waterways and ecosystem and we don't bat an eyelid.. but if one partygoer dares to take a choice in their poison.. they're convicted to die?
yeah.. anywaze.. I digress.. my point here is a passing fascination on the notion of - how does a democratic society slip into dictatorship? how do we end up with Nazi Germany? how do people come to choose a madman like Adolf Hitler to represent them? how do we see the signs in advance? when we choose to counter fundamentalist islam with fundamentalist christianity? when laws are passed to stop the teaching of evolution and other science in schools because it goes against the bible? when they refuse to believe in climate change? when they consider "racial profiling" an option of national security? when we ban books? movies? simply on grounds of "indecency"..? when we happily promote endless acts of violence, murder, rape and mass destruction on tv daily.. and yet, one bare breast or one consensual sexual act is considered vile and abhorrant?
for instance.. just a quick observational trick to pull here (to prove my point).. in the past we looked in horror of Nazi Germany's treatment of the Jews.. how they labelled them.. catagorized them.. treated them as the source of all trouble.. herded them like cattle.. and we think.. NOOO.. we'd never do THAT again.. Steven Spielberg releases a film.. and we all go see it.. and think.. "never again"..
and yet.. watch the world news now.. watch CNN, NBC, fuckit.. even FOX news.. and watch how many times the word "arab" or "middle eastern" or "islamic" is thrown around linked to terrorism or threats to national security.. all this talk of racial profiling.. all this paranoia about people wearing headscalfs in our schools.. watching mosques and screening incoming islamic teachers for extremist tendancies..
here you're thinking.. "sure.. gotta be safe to be sure.. you can't trust these guys"..
yeah? well.. for sake of argument.. next time you read the newspaper.. watch the news.. and see mention of yet another threat to our "democracy" our "freedom" or "way of life".. replace the word "arab" or "islamic".. with "jew".. and see if you spot the haunting parallel..
have we become nazi germany?
:: Spoz 4:17 AM |