“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand”, wrote Milton Mayer in his book They Thought They Were Free published in 1955.
What Mayer was describing in his book was the ever widening gap between the government and the people that happened “so gradually and so insensibly” no one seemed to notice.
“Each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) notes Mayer, “as a temporary emergency or associated with real social purpose…And all the crises and reforms so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter”.
Mayer could have easily been describing the ever widening progressive government we have…
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