Patheos: How Would It Begin? The Early Signs of Totalitarianism

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How Would It Begin? The Early Signs of Totalitarianism

By ROGER E. OLSON

One day some nonviolent protesters against police brutality are walking together down a city center street near their encampment. They have not broken any federal laws but are suspected of being anarchists. The state, county and local police have not issued warrants for their arrest or for the arrest of their comrades. They authorities have chosen to let them camp out downtown and exercise their right to free speech. A few among them have acted out violently against property downtown and they have been arrested and arrest warrants are out for them. But the state, county and local police and the governor and mayor have decided to let things cool down before swooping in to make arrests or disperse the protesters’ encampments.

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