And so it came to pass, in the year two thousand and eleven, that many nations trembled. Others wobbled slightly, but give it time.
The response in the democratic western nations was particularly interesting. After all, they’d spent the last decade exporting democracy to various countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, they were experts in such matters.
And so, when thousands of peaceful protestors took to the streets in America, the UK and other beacons of civilisation, the obvious response was to:
Do I think we’re watching a concerted conspiracy to deprive us all of our civil rights? No. The people who’d be behind such a conspiracy are too arrogant, disorganised and out of touch to successfully pull it off. However, it does feel like we’re watching democracy suffer the death of a thousand cuts. One police department reacts in a certain way to protests, tactics get shared with colleagues, politicians blunder in without understanding or caring about the greater ramifications…
And then one day, seemingly overnight, our civil rights will be hopelessly eroded, not because the next Hitler swept to power, but because a bunch of local politicians and civil servants acted out of ignorance and panic, while our national leaders staggered around struggling to summon up a coherent response.
Terrifying isn’t it?