Thuggery & Fascism, Cont’d
From a reader:
I think it is important to look at police action as thuggery. When police tell you that you can’t smoke outside your own building, and you smoke, you will find that police action against you is unpleasant. (even if they don’t bind your hands and beat you with sticks)
When the laws are un-invasive, the police presence is minimal and it is easy to be a “good citizen.” But as the laws become more liberal, it is harder to avoid police action. Assuredly, even in a fascist dictatorship of the worst sort, most of the people have minimal contact with the police. The neighbor may be an informant, but they aren’t doing anything wrong and live their lives without interference. When the police stop you for speeding… good law …. When they stop you from smoking … good law ? … when they stop you from eating pork, being Jewish, running for president…. clearly bad laws.
The problem is that from the outside, it is obvious to some that the fascists are evil, but from the inside they are reforming society. The thuggery we find in history is (mostly) a collection of small, personal stories. The big “kills” are just a bit of utopian madness thrown into the fascist stew.
The liberals can’t call Cuba fascist, is it because it doesn’t have thugs?