The rise of fascism – one paper cut at a time…
Somehow I missed this little piece of creeping fascism – but last April the Toronto Police acquired the power to stop anyone on the street and demand identification.
Not surprisingly, six months later, the Toronto Star reports (today) that the police have been stopping Black youth more than 3 times as often as they are stopping anyone else.
Toronto has joined New York and London in this “safety first” crusade that somehow equates the random stopping of citizens on the street with lowering crime rates (which are already at historic lows).
How the hell is this random spot checking going to make Toronto safer?
And why would we give the police such arbitrary power?
The program has been a colossal failure in New York and London and civil liberty groups everywhere are screaming law suits and racial profiling.
I know I continue to play a broken record on this, but this is yet another example of how we are losing our democratic freedoms one paper cut at a time. Death by a thousand paper cuts.
The federal government is about to pass legislation giving them the power to spy on any and all of our communications (web, social networking, telephone) – without cause or warrant; cameras increasingly follow our every move; we can now only protest at “government approved” protests (and at pre-approved protest (fenced off) areas); we cannot wear any form of face covering when we do; public transit systems are being re-wired to listen in on our conversations; and the police can stop us for no reason and demand identification and just generally pester us with intimidation.
I saw last week that in some American ridings the Republicans were trying to “guilt” people into voting by sending people phone messages telling them who of their neighbours stood up to their constitutional obligations and voted (they accessed voting lists from early voter turn-outs), and then asked you why you haven’t yet voted. Apparently it raises voter turn-out by 8%.
I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before all blogs will have to be government “approved”, websites will be blocked from our viewing (already done in China, and Middle East), and we will be asked to spy and report on our neighbours.
It’s only a matter of time.