IF YOU RUN A THOROUGHLY ROTTEN PREDATORY ECONOMIC SYSTEM HOW DO YOU KEEP PEOPLE FROM RISING UP AGAINST YOU?
It’s called SOCIAL CONTROL
YOU KEEP THEM BUSY, INSECURE, FEARFUL, DISTRACTED, HARRASSED, IN DEBT—AND IGNORANT (with as little time to think as possible).
YOU MAKE IT CLEAR THAT STEPPING OUT OF LINE HAS TERRIFYING CONSEQUENCES
The following extract was written by Mathew Friedman and published in www.truth-out.org on November 23 2015.
Today, nearly one third of the American adult working-age population has a criminal record (roughly the same as those with college degrees)
In an effort to make complete criminal histories easily accessible to all law enforcement agencies, the FBI maintains a database indexing these records known as the Interstate Identification Index (III). Whenever a suspected criminal is arrested and fingerprinted by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency; those records are forwarded to the FBI to be included in the III. The FBI assigns each subject a unique identification number that indexes all state records existing for that person, meaning each number corresponds to a distinct individual.
As of July 1, 2015, more than 70 million people have records indexed by the III.
The Numbers in Perspective
America now houses roughly the same number people with criminal records as it does four-year college graduates.
Nearly half of black males and almost 40 percent of white males are arrested by the age 23.
If all arrested Americans were a nation, they would be the world’s 18th largest. Larger than Canada. Larger than France. More than three times the size of Australia.
The number of Americans with criminal records today is larger than the entire US population in 1900.
Holding hands, Americans with arrest records could circle the earth three times.
Large Groups of People in America
When I started to research the U.S. seriously in 2004, I was already convinced that matters were seriously adrift, but, initially, was incredulous at what I was finding. Surely, I thought, if such were the situation, then—in a democracy—people wouldn’t stand for it.
It has taken me time, and a humungous amount of work, to develop an overview and appreciate how the dots are joined. In practice, the system is extremely logical if one accepts the premise that the U.S. is a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy, where corporate power is dominant, where the ultra-rich control the large corporations and the media, and social control has been brought to a high art.
The tools of social control that are used are classic carrot and stick—which the Romans would have recognized—with extraordinarily sophisticated propaganda added together with a surveillance system that just plain boggles the mind. Appreciate that apart from government surveillance, credit cards, the internet, and social media mean that virtually every facet of our lives is monitored every day the major corporations. Armed with that level of information—and the tools to distract, delude, mislead, and manipulate, it is fairly easy to keep people under control.
The U.S. is the most socially controlled nation in history—masquerading as a democracy and ’The Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.”
9/11 was a gift from heaven for the ultra-rich because it allowed them to implement the kind of surveillance that would have been considered unacceptable prior to the terrorist threat—and as a bonus to militarize law enforcement, and profit financially from the unending wars. In fact, there are times when one has to wonder whether Bin Laden was not really working for the ultra-rich—because what he set in motion has benefited them so much.
It could be that he also knew too much!
No, I don’t really believe that Bin Laden was working for the ultra-rich—though it is possible—but my other conclusions stem from the data.
Join the dots—and prepare to be terrified. Then, ask yourself what should you do about it. It certainly isn’t going to change for the better by itself.