Re: [sixties-l] The Orwellian State Again

From: StewA@AOL.COM
Date: Fri Jul 19 2002 - 11:27:15 EDT

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    Here is some more data on the Orwellian State --Stew
    Big Neighbor is Watching
    by Stew Albert
    He's a friendly guy and you let him into your house because he is delivering

    air conditioner on a sweltering day in August. And he makes some amiable

    conversation, the guy loves your house and when you show him around, he's

    away by all those old 60's posters on the wall.

    "Must have been a great time" he declares.

    The delivery guy leaves and you forget him and concentrate on the air

    and getting cool. But the guy doesn't forget about you, on the contrary, he
    makes a

    full report about your posters to Homeland Security. It seems he has another

    that runs parallel to his deliveries and installations. The friendly man who
    loves your

    house is an informant volunteer for the Justice Department's new agency and
    nationwide program of participatory dictatorship called TIPS.

    All over America postmen, parcel deliverers and all kinds of repair people
    and truck

    drivers are being recruited and trained in the paranoic practice of reporting
    on the

    "suspicious" or "unusual" behavior of their fellow citizens. It is perhaps
    the most

    terrifying of the various tyranical measures that have been employed by

    Bush since September 11 in order to insure the preservation of American

    Getting citizens to spy on their neighbors in large numbers, and FEMA plans
    to beat

    East Germany's record, involves the destruction of our civil society and the

    replacement of communal sensibility with chilling paranoia. When Big
    Neighbor is

    watching, the necessary distance beteen society and state is pushed aside and

    are left with massive mistrust, fear and a sense that 1984 wasn't just a
    scary book.

    Usually repression does not base itself on the mass recruiting of
    proletarians. But in

    this lazy consumerist age when so many people have their objects of desire

    to their door and a multitude of workers get to see where you live, it makes

    that at least the most mobile members of the working class would be eagerly

    out for snooping and betrayals of trust and the old good neighbor policy.

    American workers will be taught how to parley a friendly smile into amateur


    To keep things fair, everyone in the country, even rich people, will be
    encouraged to

    spy on their nighbors. The TIPS informants will have stickers prominentlly

    on their vehicles offering phone numbers where the stray snoop and gossip can

    in information about any observed offbeat behavior and eccentric happenings.

    of course, this will be a great way to settle a grudge. The US Post Office
    under the

    embarrassment of public exposure, has decided, for the moment, to drop out of

    TIPS program. But possibly there are enough bored, restless and angry

    the kind that want to do things, that will be described as being significant
    and of vital

    importance, enough desperate homeland volunteers to turn TIPS into a smashing

    success and a horrible new way to be an American.

    Stew Albert
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