Many U.S. citizens are concerned about government overreach and about the possibility of martial law. Previously, this seemed to be more a concern of those on the political right, but, since Trump has taken office, those on the political left have begun to be concerned about this issue. But maybe they are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking if the U.S. is becoming a police state, maybe we should ask if the U.S. is already a police state.
Securitydegreehub.com argues that the U.S. is already in a version of a police state, and they have some compelling statistics to back up their claim. For example, they compare the reality in the U.S. to Nazi Germany, which was obviously a totalitarian regime. Securitydegreehub.com writes,
Nazi Germany: State dominated economic actors.
U.S.: Corporations control the government through political contributions and lobbying.
Nazi Germany: Constant political motivation (rallies support for leaders) with Nuremberg rallies, and Hitler Youth
U.S.: Persistent political apathy (allows leaders to do what they want).
Nazi Germany: Mocked democracy.
U.S.: Pretends to be the model of democracy for the whole world.
The US is a ‘managed democracy.’
Definition: a political form in which governments are legitimated by elections that they have learned to control.
We definitely have the policing power:
Over the last 25 years, civilian law enforcement has been increasingly militarized in America.
There has been a 4000% increase in “no knock,” military-armed SWAT raids over the past 30 years.
The site gives more statistics to provide a comparison, but their basic conclusion is that, while there is the illusion of freedom and the illusion of democracy in the United States, the reality is that people have less and less freedom and less and less control over their daily lives as bureaucrats and power-hungry politicians work to make this, effectively, an oligarchy (rule by a small group of people). These statistics include statistics about our prison population and NSA spying.
The challenge is that, by simply living in our “modern” society, doing business through “legal” (i.e. monitored) business transactions, and living with all of the electronics which make our lives so convenient in many ways ,avoiding government monitoring and control is incredibly difficult. Frankly, your choice, if you wish to avoid this government overreach in your life, may be to move out of the U.S. and never use electronic devices again, which is an option that very few people are likely to choose.