‘Hence we may learn the lesson that on seizing a state, the usurper should make haste to inflict what injuries he must, at a stroke, that he may not have to renew them daily but be enabled by their discontinuance to reassure men’s minds, and afterward win them over by benefits…. Injuries, therefore, should be inflicted all at once, that their ill savor being less lasting may the less offend; whereas, benefits should be conferred little by little, that so they may be more fully relished.
– Niccol Machiavelli, The Prince, Book VIII
Everything is in place. Do you see anything missing?
Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA collects everything on everyone. Thomas Drake, the former NSA senior official who blew the whistle from inside the organization, proved that it would have been cheaper and more useful to keep only information on suspected terrorists – but Cheney and Obama wanted it all.
And they got it. Snowden’s in exile and Drake, harassed by the DoJ for four years, lost his job and is now a genius at an Apple Store in Maryland.
So the fix was in. All that was left was the implementation.
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And that was easy. Propelled by fear of Islamic terrorism, a complacent Republican Congress ignored widespread anger and hostility towards the Thought Police after Snowden’s revelation. In order to intensify that fear, Obama has allowed thousands of unscreened Moslems into the country, including an unknown number of covert Jihadist wannabes. In response, fearful Americans will be stampeded into subjection (‘security’) rather than liberty. After all, terrorists cause chaos and tyranny flourishes amid chaos. ‘Never let a crisis go to waste,’ wrote a twenty-first century minor Machiavelli.
This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 11, 2016.