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There a number of simultaneous problems in effect here, and I will try and explain them as briefly as I can.
1. Lack of interest in politics - this is largely because we have a political system (the first past the post system) that is not representative of the proportions of votes allocated to each party. This system always tends towards a two party system, and is fundamentally broken. Until we get proportional representation and a proper election system in the UK, apathy towards politics is here to stay.
2. The media - spoon fed panic is all it takes to control most of the populous. Herman Goering, infamous Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo said:
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
This is what is happening right now, and has been happening forever. Blair and Bush especially use this tactic.
3. Blind belief - many people in this country honestly, really believe that the government can be trusted and have our best interests at heart. Only those who question everything (such as ourselves) ever find out the truth. As Abraham Lincoln said: "You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time."
4. Lack of critical thinking skills - I really, honestly believe that it's no accident that enforced schooling through a national curriculum could be used to slowly but surely reduce people's capacity for critical thinking over time. School doesn't teach kids to THINK, it teaches them to CONFORM. I have experienced this first hand, but it's only since adulthood that the severity of it fully occurred to me.
5. Doing something requires effort, whereas doing nothing requires no effort. Until this scheme requires people to make effort (in some way or another), most are too lazy to care about it. This isn't all bad though, because once it is put into action, there will be even more of an uprising against it. I only hope we aren't too late at that point.
So there you have it - some reasons why we are royally screwed, and also a few glimmers of hope.
Please people, get in touch with each other. The one thing we are missing here is a real forum (web forum, email list or whatever) in order to discuss our thoughts and mobilise our campaign.
Perhaps we should ask Phil Booth to set up a "PhpBB" forum section on No2ID?
Cheers,Dave Silvester, 15 years ago.