There was a time, still in living memory when a regime was in severe financial difficulties. In a ruthless attempt to claw their way out of trouble they used misdirection and propaganda to whip a nation into a frenzy of hate, compliance, fear and persecution. They targeted minorities, anyone who was different. The sick, disabled, homeless, anyone in fact who didn’t conform to their arbitrary ideals. These people weren’t the ones responsible for the mess, they were just easy targets. The regime imposed draconian and sharply focused laws to persecute these minorities while leaving their fellow “ideal” subjects relatively untouched. At best they were indifferent to human suffering, in fact many took a particular delight in inflicting it. They used many methods to flush out and rid themselves of undesirables; disposession, starvation, criminalisation and withdrawal of human rights and the essentials of life are just the tip of the iceberg.
I’m sure that you know which regime I’m talking about, let’s face it, it isn’t a secret. The people of the nation concerned simply sleep-walked into their nightmares. My point is this:
Can anyone, anywhere show me a significant difference between the early stages of that regime and it’s methods and the current government and it’s recent predecessors?
We need a voice and that voice needs to be able to say “This is not acceptable, go back and think again”.