by THE Twank
Mon Aug 25th, 2008 at 07:10:38 AM EST
This series was inspired by Keith Olbermann's use of the term Embryonic Police State in relation to current legislation considered by the US government. Definitions will be presented; questions will be posed.
The term police state is a term for a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population, potentially by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional republic. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive. The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement.
embryonic: rudimentary; undeveloped.
There is such an extensive history, collection of current events, and speculation over the future human social structure relevant to the Embryonic Police State that this will be a weekly series. Psychology, economics, politics, religion, literature, social engineering at the molecular level ... this topic has it all.
Is a national police state, or a world police state necessarily an undesirable condition of human society? What if it contains the solutions to all of the significant problems facing humanity and the planet? Did single cell organisms give up their autonomy to become multicellular "police states"; consider the human immune system and how your body deals with immigrants (bacteria) or freedom fighters (cancer cells). Is a universal police state the next logical, inevitable step in human evolution?