Okay, I promised this to some of you. School’s open:
Our “progressive” overlords are so giddy with their victory that they’re actually quite often working at cross-purposes with one another, as everyone scrambles trying to get their pet issue to the head of the line. Amusing as this is, we can’t count on it lasting very long. Indeed, certain of their little elves have remained hard at work throughout, and are near to presenting their finished product: A Blacklist.
Surely you’re not surprised; a carefully-crafted Blacklist is one of the essential building blocks of oppression. The next thing will be an equally well-crafted list of Political Crimes; “well-crafted” in the sense that anyone who finds themselves on the Blacklist can routinely be assigned one or more Political Crimes, thus populating a new subset in the demography called “Political Criminals”.
Political Criminals serve various essential functions in totalitarian societies, perhaps the most essential is that of providing a group that can legally be discriminated against, looked down upon, reviled. Political Criminals can be relegated to the most menial ill-paid jobs; required by law to live only in specified zones and, of course, the police can demonstrate their zeal and efficiency by continuous public harassment.
Much as I’d love to, I can’t even blame the “progressives” for introducing this system to the modern United States. That “honor’ goes to the George W. Bush administration, the inception of the Department of Homeland Security, and the establishment of the “No-Fly List”. A compiled list of persons – many of them U.S. Citizens – deprived of a right without a trial, without charges, without even being informed of the action. How do you get on the List? Shrug.
Who’s in charge of the List? Blank stare. How in the hell do you appeal being on the List? Laughter. And we have put up with this for almost twenty years now. Enough history …
Now; what are the possible counter moves to Black Listing? Escape and evasion networks, established sanctuaries, grafting new identities. If anyone is interested, simply ask and I’ll delve into those subjects next time.