Doug Casey on the Dangers of the Growing “Snitch Culture” in the US

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by Doug Casey, International Man:

International Man: Since the start of the Covid hysteria, Americans have snitched on people for not wearing a mask, called the police when their neighbors had guests over at their house, and reported businesses that were not compliant.

Has the US become a nation of snitches?

Doug Casey: Without doubt, the US is transforming from a nation of whipped dogs into something much worse, a nation of squealing rats. It’s because fear is being used by the powers that be to “unite” the country, much the way the inmates of a prison are united.

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We’ve always had snitches, of course, starting with the silly little girls in Salem that turned in “witches” for keeping to themselves or gathering medicinal plants. More recently, the government has cultivated a class of snitches looking to profit from others they think aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes. More recently, we’ve encouraged snitches to seek out suspected terrorists—which constituted a near-zero threat. And now, we have plague snitches.

COVID is basically a ghost, mainly affecting old people with serious comorbidities. It doesn’t affect kids or young people at all. Anyway, if somebody is affected by it, they should simply quarantine themselves, the way sensible people do when they have a bad cold or the seasonal flu. But forget about common sense. A relatively minor medical phenomenon—on the order of the previous Asian, Hong Kong, bird and swine flus and not even remotely comparable to the Spanish flu—should have and could have been left to the physicians of the affected, not the politicos. The capite censi seem more easily swayed than ever.

It’s brought about some of the most serious societal changes in US history. It’s a major cultural shift.

International Man: After the 9/11 attacks, the government and mainstream media urged Americans that if they “see something, say something.”

Was this the beginning of a cultural shift? Where did things start to go downhill?

Doug Casey: Its roots—namely encouraging busybodyism on a national level—go back at least to Woodrow Wilson or Teddy Roosevelt. The trend is increasingly Orwellian. Ratting out your neighbor is the type of thing Big Brother would require you to do—report them to the state for any real or imagined offense. It’s been correctly said that 1984 was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual

One time, I was in a line that was snaking back and forth at immigration. My carry-on weighed about 25 pounds, so I put it down and left it each time, about 15 feet before the turn, so I could pick it up as the line snaked back.

Not once, but twice, somebody looked around like a righteous busybody citizen and said, “Unattended baggage! Unattended baggage!” I did nothing either time just to see what would happen.

Most people are really just a standard deviation removed from chimpanzees, pack animals that feel safer when an authority is there to tell them what to do. This monkey see, monkey do behavior is encouraged by the government. Anyway, as I eventually passed my bag and picked it up to carry to the next 180-degree turn, I sarcastically said, “See something, say something.” But they didn’t think I was being sarcastic. They thought I approved of what they were doing.

The situation has gotten worse over the years. It’s accelerating like an avalanche rolling downhill and getting bigger and faster.

In the US prison system, next to child molesters, the prisoner most despised by other inmates is the rat, somebody who snitches on his mates. Americans are encouraged to act like snitches and rats. The US is looking more like Guantanamo. Nobody can trust anyone else. The masks everybody self-righteously wears have become the equivalent of Nazi armbands, or the red scarfs of the old Soviet Union’s Young Pioneers.

They want people to unite against the enemy, namely people that protest against or don’t wear masks. The non-PC have become the enemy in large parts of the US. People in the rural heartland states don’t generally wear masks or take COVID nearly as seriously as the liberal elites on the coast do. As a consequence, the virus is accentuating the cultural divide between the red people and the blue people.

International Man: During the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, children often snitched on their parents to the State. Similar events happened in East Germany, Mao’s China, and other totalitarian societies.

How does the cultural change toward snitching in the US compare to historical events? Where is it all headed?

Doug Casey: A major cultural change is occurring rapidly in the US. The greatest underlying impetus is the school system, which has turned into a politically correct indoctrination system. Almost all of the professors in colleges are at least leftists, liberals or progressives, and many of them are Marxists. They’ve been indoctrinating kids for decades. They’ve been very successful.

It’s filtered down to the high schools and the grade schools and is reinforced by the media, the entertainment industry, many sports figures, almost all political figures, and now the corporate world. You’re a black sheep if you believe in traditional American values.

With the Greater Depression deepening—notwithstanding the bubbles in the financial markets—the situation can only get worse. When the going gets really tough, the average American is programmed to beg the government to “do something”—as if they haven’t already pulled out all the stops. They’ll do more, however. We’ve developed our own class of Jacobins—the people that were behind the horrors of the French Revolution in 1789. Our own class of Leninists, like those who took over Russia in 1917, and our own class of Red Guards, Maoists that led the Great Cultural Revolution in 1960s China, want to control everything and have totally infiltrated all aspects of American life.

The average American may not like them, but he’s completely incapable of countering their arguments. Soon, he’ll be afraid to speak out as well.

If you believe in thinking for yourself, or if you believe in free minds and free markets, you’re in the minority. You better be careful.

H.L. Mencken, undoubtedly one of the greatest public intellectuals in American history and the best journalist in our history, is a cautionary example. During World War I and throughout the Roosevelt years, he basically stopped writing or saying anything controversial because he might’ve been singled out and persecuted.

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