Dictatorship or democracy – who has the power?
Who and what keeps the people ‘under control’.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s the West was fearful of Russia and communism. After the Berlin Wall fell and the old Soviet Union broke up these fears lost their power.
In the 80’s and 90’s public fears changed from communism to global warming and the end of the world’s resources – coal, water, gas. We may yet run out of these resources but they are taking longer to come about than was suggested at the time and these fears have lost their power.
Although the promotion of the fear of global warming has continued the new millennium has seen it give way in the fear stakes to the “War on Terror” – fear of attacks on the West and the US from Muslim forces in particular, opening the doors to the proliferation of CCTV and oppressive security measures such as the recently exposed news of the US government’s official internet snooping of the world’s population.
It doesn’t matter. Keep the people in fear of something and you keep them distracted from what the rulers and politicians are up to.
Whatever our personal opinions, whatever our politics, we need to be aware of what influences us and be prepared to take an independent viewpoint if we are to protect the vulnerable and weak in society.