Mass Society, the Leadership Society, and the Totalitarian Threat
Michael S. Rozeff
by Michael S. Rozeff: Gary
S. Gensler's Politically-Motivated Attack on Intrade
government is becoming more and more totalitarian, and it is spreading
this down to states and local governments. Collecting information
on everyone is a prominent control mechanism of a police state.
It's easier for the government to institute this than supposed.
It does it in steps, with each step being rationalized by its supposed
benefits to security. Each step is done in the name of protecting
society, but each step forcibly ends peaceful social relations and
erodes their foundation.
to escape the police state once it's in place than might be supposed.
The government controls people through the currency, settlement
of transactions, communications, transportation, licensing, drones,
informers, and of course guns, among other means. We canít all run
away to fortified farms or live on a big self-sufficient farm on
top of a limited access hill.
has been reporting on expanding privacy intrusions since last March
and before, as here
Add to this the Patriot Act, the excessive claims of power by Presidents,
the militarization of police, and the blurring of spy agencies and
police and military agencies. Add to this the power to search anyone
at almost any time. Add to this the possibility of labeling almost
any activity as terrorist or in support of terrorism, and what results?
We get totalitarianism.
many societies. The great and undistinguished masses of Americans
form a society, the mass society. I do not mean this in a pejorative
sense. Apart from the mass society is another society. This is the
Leadership. Itís also been called the Establishment or the Elite.
The Leadership is a society open to whoever enters it by dint of
desire, fame, power, money, influence, election, or a leadership
position over large numbers of people in the mass society. People
in the Leadership are either in the government, supporting the government,
or controlling the government. Government and Leadership are fused.
They permeate one another. Mass society is there for their control
of American government is based upon one American society. That
American society is supposed to be separate from government. It
is supposed to control government for the good of this society,
keeping government from becoming too powerful. The reality is that
the social leaders of America break away from mass society. They
form the Leadership. Their loyalty is to themselves and to government
as their tool, not mass society. They support government as a means
of achieving their own aims, be they wealth, influence, advancement,
power or whatever. They take over the governments at all levels
and control them for their own ends. They manipulate the mass society
and control it. Government does not serve the mass society in this
system. Mass society serves the government. Social welfare programs
donít serve mass society. They control it. They enable the Leadership
to maintain and extend control. They generate mass support. The
masses pay for their own welfare. In the process, they lose a large
chunk of the taxes they pay that is siphoned off to the Leadership.
society is able to get for itself or maintain for itself is done
by organizing and resisting the Leadership and its governments.
Mass society has to protect itself against the Leadership and government
such measures as the government's legal capacity to designate American
citizens as terrorists, its legal capacity to assassinate, its legal
capacity to monitor every aspect of its citizens' lives, its legal
capacity to search at airports and other transportation checkpoints,
and its legal capacity to set up checkpoints and query travelers
-- such things are trenching on freedom and privacy simultaneously.
The Leadership wants it this way. Most individuals cannot hide out
on a fortified farm and escape this. The American Leadership is
taking these measures, not to control terrorism or terrorists, but
to control Americans in the mass society.
The calls for
gun control arising out of the Newtown tragedy are self-serving
for those in the Leadership who want it, and equally self-serving
for those in the Leadership who do not want it. The Leadership is
actions are all self-serving. Government people and Leadership people,
in many cases identifiably one and the same, serve themselves. They
do not aim to serve Americans in the mass society. Every vote, every
measure, every speech, every show of emotion, every appeal to the
flag or patriotism, every appeal to the American spirit, every invocation
of freedom, security and American greatness, every recollection
of history and distortion of it, in short, every act of anyone in
the Leadership and in Government is self-serving.
self-serving actions act against mass society. The Leadership sends
Americans to their deaths in needless wars. The Leadership extracts
wealth from Americans and wastes it. The Leadership puts in place
social programs that wreck families, neighborhoods, districts, and
cities. The Leadership subsidizes enterprises that produce poisonous
foods. The Leadership makes drugs into crimes and imprisons millions
on that basis. If ever the Leadership's actions happen to raise
the welfare of mass society, this is because such actions happen
to serve the interests of the Leadership at that time.
Those in the
Leadership ally with others in the Leadership if it serves their
mutual interests. They both cooperate and compete with others in
the Leadership. This too is self-serving. They don't ever enact
measures with the interests of mass society as their aim, unless
it happens also to serve themselves.
People in mass
society are also self-serving. If it serves their ends, they aim
for and join the Leadership. They turn their backs on mass society.
This is one way in which the Leadership reduces resistance in the
The key element
in this war between mass society and Leadership society is the presence
of the prize, which is government and its powers. Everyone is self-serving.
We can live with this and control it if no one of us gains excessive
power. What has to be reduced is the capacity of each of us to serve
ourselves through invading the rights of others. Government power
enhances that capacity. The Leadership exploits it. If government
were strictly limited and controlled by the masses, the Leadership
could be rendered inoperative or greatly weakened. The masses have
failed at this in America. The Leadership has been winning. It has
maintained and extended its control. Government power has grown.
does not serve mass society. Anyone who supports government of the
kind we have in America, thinking that itís doing some good for
some cause, is mistaken. The liberals who think that social welfare
programs help the masses are mistaken. The progressives who think
that labor laws help workers are mistaken. The populists who think
that farm subsidies help small farmers are mistaken. The conservatives
who think that military spending protects Americans are mistaken.
I realize the enormity of the charge I am making. How can all these
people be wrong about government?
of the Leadershipís tools is propaganda. The Leadership constantly
propagandizes in order to legitimize existing government powers
and expand them. Schools and universities are part of this system
of propaganda. People are taught from an early age to think of government
as a necessity and as a beneficial institution. They are inundated
with this propaganda. There should be rebellion against the injustice
of government. What happens instead is that this is channeled into
political strife. People separate themselves into political factions
like liberals, conservatives, populists and progressives. They then
attempt to work within the system. But they are accepting the system
when they do this. The Leadership has a divide and conquer strategy
in place via this party system. As long as all discontent is through
these contending factions and as long as the players and the masses
accept voting as the resolution of the struggles, the Leadership
remains intact and in control.
at present is beyond the Leadershipís control. Thereís hope there.
S. Rozeff [send him mail]
is a retired Professor of Finance living in East Amherst, New York.
He is the author of the free e-book Essays
on American Empire: Liberty vs. Domination and the free e-book
The U.S. Constitution
and Money: Corruption and Decline.
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