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The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear | By John W. Whitehead

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By John W. Whitehead
June 19, 2019

“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and “we the people” have none?

You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.

This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship.

It works the same way every time.

The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and illegal immigration have been convenient ruses used to terrorized the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. More

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This alert has been sent to the PPj by more than 30 of our readers.  For those of us willing to stand up and be counted this video lets us know what’s in store for us. 

Jailing journalists is unacceptable in a democracy. But that’s exactly
what is happening at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul,
Minnesota.

Award winning journalist and host of “Democracy Now” Amy Goodman was
arrested by St. Paul police while covering a protest outside the
Republican National Convention. Though clearly identified as press,
Goodman was charged with “obstruction of a legal process and interference
with a ‘peace officer.'” Two of her producers were arrested for “suspicion
of felony riot.”

To tell you that this arrest was brutal and upsetting simply doesn’t do it
justice. Watch this video
http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/dont_arrest_journalists/
to see for yourself. Then take action.

I just e-mailed the presidents of CNN and NBC News (which oversees MSNBC)
to demand that their networks cover this important story. I hope you will
too.

Please have a look and take action.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/dont_arrest_journalists/?r_by=796-1757566-yDKGCkx&rc=mailto

Thanks!

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