Doug Casey: America Is Becoming a Police State

Doug Casey: America Is Becoming a Police State by Doug Casey for Casey Research

Editor’s note: With the recent coronavirus outbreak, the government has been exercising more control over Americans: forcing people to stay at home… ordering businesses to shut down… even using surveillance to track our location.

These changes aren’t that different from what happened after 9/11… and if you expect our way of life to go back to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, you haven’t been paying attention.

Our founder, Doug Casey, has long said we’re going backwards in most areas of personal freedom… In fact, he believes we’re not so different from Germany in the 1930s – and that the problems started before this pandemic even happened…


By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research

Is a police state in the US possible? Absolutely.

That’s because people are essentially the same the world over, regardless of their culture, religion, race, or what have you. A certain percentage of them are sociopaths.

There is a standard distribution of sociopaths across time and space. It’s a function of Pareto’s Law, better known as the 80-20 rule. 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Another 20% are responsible for 80% of the crime. 20% of the population always winds up with 80% of the wealth. And so forth, through all areas of human endeavor.

This observation can be represented by a bell-shaped curve – a “standard distribution” – with a small minority at each extreme, but the large majority in the middle. The people who will take us to a police state are sociopaths – criminal personalities who don’t respect the liberty or property of others. And sociopaths gravitate towards government, and eventually come to control it.

My view is that 80% of human beings are basically decent, get along, go along types. 20% are what you might call potential trouble sources, that can go either way. But then you take 20% of that 20%, and you’re dealing with the sociopaths.

When social conditions reach a certain stage, these really bad guys come out from under their rocks and take advantage of the situation. We’re seeing that right now in the US, across the political spectrum. Just as we’ve seen in the past in hundreds of places throughout history.

A major tipping point occurred almost 20 years ago, on September 11, 2001, with the attacks in New York and Washington, DC. They were disastrous. But not nearly as disastrous as the government’s reaction to them.

Among them, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Anybody who speaks German knows that a reasonable translation of Homeland Security is Geheime Staatspolizei, which is usually abbreviated to Gestapo. Anybody that goes through airline security these days should ask themselves, “Where the hell did they find these people? Didn’t they have jobs before they went to work for this moronic agency?”

The answer is that there are people out there who like wearing costumes, are willing to boss, herd, interrogate, and go through the dirty laundry of their fellow citizens. They take their jobs seriously and you better not even look at them sideways. There’s no reason to believe it’s going to get better as they groove into their jobs, and their employer cements itself into place. More likely the trend will accelerate.

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