Don’t you just love those Americans who celebrate how free they are under America’s national-security state system?
I wonder if such Americans also celebrated how free people were who lived under East Germany’s national-security state system.
I just read an interesting story in the New York Times about how the East German Stasi was confiscating art from wealthy East Germans. They would simply raid people’s homes, take valuable art, and then sell it, putting the money into the state’s coffers. According to the article, “between 1973 and 1989 the East German police, known as the Stasi, seized more than 200,000 objects in hundreds of raids.”
Why did the authorities do that? Because the government needed the money.
Why not simply raise taxes? Because people don’t like paying taxes. Anyway, why go through the taxing process when you can just barge into people’s homes and take their possessions?