“Public opinion” as stated by a special interest group is seldom actual. The special interest group alleges “public opinion” and by various means uses this statement to maneuver their will upon their opponents or the treasury or the law books.

     Democracy tends to lend itself to the special interest group in several ways, the most notable of which is a candidate’s necessity to have campaign money with which to be elected. Some of these candidates for democratic office could not run at all without the funds furnished by or the influence of “special interest groups.”

     Thus the special interest group can buy a voice to press its special interest, for the politician, no matter how honest, finds he is now supposed to utter certain opinions and espouse certain measures and defy the opponents of the special interest group which supplied the influence and cash to win him his election or appointment.

     Thus a democracy as it deteriorates into special interest hands tends to be not of, by and for the people (who are more than 92 percent) but becomes of, by and for special interest groups (which are less than 8 percent of the total population).

     Even the honest politician, unaware that one of his colleagues is putting out false information and pressure from a hidden source can be swayed by the special interest group.

     Such groups often covertly control certain press. They also infiltrate into general interest groups and push some version of their fixed idea out disguised as a part of a hitherto honest general interest group.

     For instance the newspaper magnate, Hearst, used his papers to develop the “Yellow Peril” (which led to the 1941 war). But it is now known he was solely concerned not with the “evil Japanese” but with the threat open immigration of these skilled agriculturists posed to his own irrigation, produce and land interest. He was part of a group of moneyed landowners whose hidden special interest was their own holdings but who spoke of patriotism, self-sacrifice, racial purity, nationalism and glory just to fatten their private purses. The Hearsts of the world rather spoiled an era of civilization. It was nothing to them how many men died believing the surface shouting. Another generation saw through it and patriotism, idealism and other values died because they had been corrupted to serve the hidden, selfish ends of this special interest group.

     From time to time in history small groups with fixed ideas have allied themselves together sufficiently to penetrate the political, economic and social life of the nation and taking advantage of some general disaster have emerged suddenly as the force triumphant.

     Their real aims remained disguised until the very last moment and the population abruptly finds itself oppressed by special interest men holding all key posts and all forces.

     Freedom vanishes. Political life suddenly hardens into the fixed idea. Coercion and terrorism crush all opposition.

     Even those who assisted in the overwhelm but whose own special interests are not needed any longer are smashed down with the rest of the population.

     A totalitarianism has been born.

The Evolution of Totalitarianism continued...

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