You see every now and then a government isn't so bad. You can wear what you want and watch what you want [to an extent
] and it is sort of peaceful
and you can go shopping and the bad people are kept at bay [sometimes], All is hunkey dory. You can even give your data to anyone because it's just
for advertising and doesn't harm you personally, right?
However government style can change so fast, it is scary. It can happen within weeks or in extreme situations days.
Today's generation can't even understand that the lovely people on the top would let that happen, After all, it's 2016, we have the internet and we
are civilised and all this 'going rogue' is stuff from the past or happens in 3rd world countries only...
Well that's where OP is wrong. Germans were very civilised and modern and it was only the 40s and there was Hollywood and cars and theatres and
swimming pools and fashion and magazines, not much different from today minus some technology. Still it happened.
Tyrants don't normally announce themselves as such. They come in peace and state good intentions. They don't care. Just like an abuser is always nice
at the start, otherwise he couldn't reel in their victims.
The people of a country usually don't know what hit them when the SHTF and when it gets serious. Do you really think that the Syrians WANTED to have
isis running wild? Yet even they had not met such callousness and violence to which it is hard to stand up when you have a family.
New laws can be made up in a day and enforced immediately and there is nothing you can do.
Suddenly your data becomes your achilles heel. What if what was legal before suddenly isn't any longer? After all it wasn't illegal to be Jewish until
it was made that way [in Germany of the past].
So you can't say that you haven't done anything wrong and therefore you are safe. What if alottments [gardens and self sufficiency] are suddenly
illegal? What if having blonde hair is being made illegal?
It is very scary and naive when people can't see around the next corner. Only some older folks can , because they have seen it first hand. I have been
around when E-Germany still existed and knew a few people. This was in the 80s, their stories were scary, stuff you associate with only the worst
countries, yet here were young guys, listening [illegaly] to Depeche Mode and watch TV [in back and white and only sanctioned programs]. I was also
aware of the danger I was in when I visited and would have done 'the wrong thing'.
HAving experienced this, I am very weary of governments and if you ask ex-East Germans my age, they are too. You can't pull the wool over their eyes
like you can do with today's generation.
I'm not saying to expect a tyrant behind every leader but I am saying to stay alert and not be naive. It has happened before totally unexpectedly and
it will happen again. Humans are still the same as they have always been, there is no magical breed of super-honest wise guys that will never betray
you again that has suddenly evolved.
We are just a couple of hungry days away from becoming barbarians ourselves. Now imagine those in power!