Friday, 27 February 2009

Daily Roundup

In 1930s Germany Victor Klemperer, a rabbi's son who converted to Protestantism, started to keep a diary recording the daily erosion of civil liberties. Freedoms didn't vanish overnight; they were slowly, slowly erased little by little, so that only those who were actively watching the political scene could see their nightmare unfolding in front of them.
And, considering that the public shells over a considerable proportion of their income to the government, they are paying for the walls of totalitarianism to be raised up around them.
I am going to compile a list of headlines and snippets every day to document what is happening to us; I'd be very grateful if all those similarly concerned about the quality of existence in Fortress Britain would do the same.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a huge undertaking. Are we concerned with past and present? I do try to keep up with them on my Ihatejacquismith blog but there are always so many!

    "The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible
    reductions.

    In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed."


    Adolf Hitler

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  2. I know, Sue, but I think it's necessary; your quote (excellent find, by the way) illustrates just why we need a daily list...

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  3. Did this diary survive? Do you have a copy? If so, how about giving us relevant snippets?

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Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat -Ralph Ellison