Recently there have been calls from law enforcement agencies to create a national database of everyone’s DNA. On the surface this would appear to expedite criminal investigations and remove perpetrators from the street.
We should do all that we can to assist law enforcement at the community, state and national levels. To curtail crime should always be a citizen’s duty.
There is another side to this about which a number of groups are sounding alarms. A national data base of DNA would have the potential for abuse and other sinister applications: profiling, insurance tagging, etc.
One has to wonder what people like Stalin and Hitler would have done with this type of information. To be very candid, having people tagged and classified makes totalitarianism much easier to achieve since a number of people are too preoccupied to pay attention to what is really happening.
One important lesson from the 1930s is still true today:
“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly—it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” ― Joseph Goebbels
In the classic British series THE PRISONER a secret agent resigns and finds himself transported to a remote village where he is classified, tagged and filed with no name but a number—6. Number 6 would become the centre of a cat and mouse game with the mysterious number 2.
In the opening sequence he always shouts “I’m not a number. I’m a free man.” After his statement laughter follows from those who control the Village in the ever-seeing and watching monitor room—indeed a Big Brother scenario.
In the late 1960s THE PRISONER may have sounded like science-fiction. As we have seen, the science-fiction of the past could became the reality of our present.
History is always standing at the door waiting to be repeated. The dark shadows of the past are always lurking in the sound bits of what they want you to remember and to believe…
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984
Liberty is a precious plant which requires constant care. Without nourishment and water the plant will die, then what will be the result of that death?
Liberty cannot thrive in the shadow lands where individualism and self-determination are unspoken, forbidden words. It’s in the shadow lands where the concepts of personal freedom and privacy are words written on ancient paper encased in protective glass hidden from public view.
G. D. Williams © 2013
Nazi History Sources
The Prisoner Opening Sequence