Posted On: Wednesday - February 13th 2019 5:26PM MST
In Topics:   Political Correctness  History  Race/Genetics  Orwellian Stupidity  Socialism/Communism
... back when we analyzed poop by hand, and WE LIKED IT!
STASI in German meant something to the effect of "Ministry for State Security". It was arguably* the best, or worst, if you are a decent human being, spy apparatus of the other side of the Cold War, the East Bloc (no "k") as it was known by in the West. There is an excellent movie from 2006, The Lives of Others that gives a great feeling of the terrible nature of life under such a spy apparatus. (It's no documentary, just a great movie with a plot and all.)
I will defer to Wiki for a minute, since the Editing King, at least, doesn't seem a real Commie of any sort and this didn't sound too biased at first glance.
The Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, MfS) or State Security Service (Staatssicherheitsdienst, SSD), commonly known as the Stasi was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). It has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed. The Stasi was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. The Stasi motto was Schild und Schwert der Partei (Shield and Sword of the Party), referring to the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, SED) and also echoing a theme of the KGB, the Soviet counterpart and close partner, with respect to its own ruling party, the CPSU. Erich Mielke was the Stasi's longest-serving chief, in power for thirty-two of the GDR's forty years of existence.Only in
One of its main tasks was spying on the population, mainly through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning decomposition). Its Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung) was responsible for both espionage and for conducting covert operations in foreign countries. Under its long-time head Markus Wolf, this directorate gained a reputation as one of the most effective intelligence agencies of the Cold War. The Stasi also maintained contacts, and occasionally cooperated, with Western terrorists.
In 1989, the Stasi employed 91,015 people full-time, including 2,000 fully employed unofficial collaborators, 13,073 soldiers and 2,232 officers of GDR army, along with 173,081 unofficial informants inside GDR and 1,553 informants in West Germany.
For now, the Stasi-style operations within the HOMELAND have been unofficially contracted out to the Social Justice Warriors, which have till now been treated as unpaid interns. That may be changing. Mr. Allan Wall, one of the many great VDare writers**, posted Not a Satire: Black College Students to be Paid to Pore Over Old Yearbooks Seeking Racism last week. Please read Mr. Wall's article, but here's a quick excerpt of his (from Slate website:
Here’s a unique idea spawned by the blackface scandals in Virginia this week: A group of activists from Richmond has put together a GoFundMe to pay students from historically black colleges and universities to go through yearbooks and look for evidence of “racist behavior and imagery” on the pages of present-day Virginia state officials and candidates for public office. Community organizer Chelsea Higgs Wise and another activist, Bob Bland, had the idea for this project on Monday; as of Friday morning, the GoFundMe had raised about $6,000 of its $10,000 goal.This is the best best we have come up with for a Stasi so far? Activists from "historically black" (white people don't want to go there) colleges will be funded to look into the pasts of politicians and officials of the government of Virginia***. Alright, alright, that's just for starters. Will they even spend any effort and gas, or money on ebay, to go back and get these yearbooks - aren't they on-line now? Knowing young people, I think the most they will do is sit down at a computer, or on their phones as they sit extra-long at 4-way stop signs and google up whatever odd stuff they can find, white people in black face, black people in whiteface, yellow people in brownface ... lots of possibilities, along with "most likely to succeed ... in the KKK" "most likely to succeed in the FBI, then the KKK", ...
This GoFundMe, sponsored by a group on the other end of the political spectrum, looks to systematize this kind of grassroots research into politicians’ backgrounds. The researchers plan to start with state-level elected officials in Virginia—those that are facing re-election in 2019 or 2020, as well as those that community members flag as possibly having (as Wise put it in a phone call) “the kind of implicit bias that could be shown through their yearbooks.”
Next, it will be looking through the decades old comments, posts and tweets of those who aren't in official office. Still right now, I'm not very impressed with the operation, which is a good thing indeed.
The simplest tasks that these new Stasi members will undertake will use technology so powerful that the old East German Stasi members would have been creaming in their knickers, nay, partaking in Party Circle Jerks on short notice, were they to even think about it. They'd have been calling each other in the middle of the night on the land-line phones, then having meetings at headquarters, which would sound thusly:
"My patriotic comrades, I have thought of some wonderful ideas while in the outhouse this evening. This could not wait for tomorrow! We will make Herr Mielke so proud of us."It's a whole lot easier nowadays to dig up dirt on people, with lots of it provided willingly or ignorantly. OTOH, even the best of us are having a hard time keeping our lives private enough to even compare with perhaps suspect # 1 in Cold-War era Communist East Germany (no, it was - seriously - the "Democratic Republic of Germany").
"My first idea will save our hard-working field officers so many hours every day. See, we will provide phones to all of our population."
"Whoa now, hold on Comrade, even inner-party members such as myself just got our first phones this year. My beautiful black bakelite machine is so conveniently attached to kitchen table. I only haf problem when using outhouse, so I must turn zee volume up very loud, and run into house with my pants still down for possible important Party directives. It is amazing that Communism has given us such advanced technology vs. the Western Capitalists, but we don't have enough phones for all Democratic Republic of Germany ... right now there are 146 of them in central supply."
"No, no, you misunderstand. See, my idea is have something called iPhone, it is computer, Comrade. One need not even talk on it, like your advanced land-line, but can type like telegraph, but in color. People will send each other information. We intercept information and, Violas! (and Cellos, please), we will have such information that takes a thousand Comrade-hours in 10 minutes! People will name names. They will give out their sex organ descriptions. Imagine, Comrades, we will no longer have to tap hotel sewer pipe during 1st night of Capitalist Americans' stay to scrutinize bowel movement for information. Naive proles will send this information on their personal wireless, WILLINGLY!"
"Nah, iss ridiculous! Why will un-patriotic citizens give out such information? We must hold ear to wall for hours at a time right now, and citizens still talk in whispers and sign language, un-patriotic swine that they are! I have crook in my neck since wonderful Soviet Motherland secured our country for Communist society back at Yalta, Comrade ... that time building Berlin Wall did not help either ..."
"Aha, that is my brilliance, if I do say so myself. Citizens will join clubs and use internet on computer. They will spend much time for people to LIKE them so much and FOLLOW them, so they will tell us their secrets for purposes of blackmail on computer, saving us so much fieldwork and patriotic adultery-spy-sex."
"I still do not understand. Are our people not already LIKED by Big Brother? They can FOLLOW Big Brother, Comrade, and even better, he LUVS LUVS LUVS them."
"No, these [LIKES] are buttons on a computer. They will not be real, but people will stay on spying system for many hours daily to make sure they are LIKED and can FOLLOW The Lives of Others". [ ... wakes up, "Sheist, still in outhouse! Such a pleasant dream it was! And what the f__k is Komputer?!" ]
Here's one more quick tidbit from the Wiki article about the time after the fall of Soviet/East Bloc Communism:
Numerous Stasi officials were prosecuted for their crimes after 1990. After German reunification, the surveillance files that the Stasi had maintained on millions of East Germans were laid open, so that any citizen could inspect their personal file on request; these files are now maintained by the Stasi Records Agency.It doesn't say anything about beat-downs - hmmm, maybe Wiki could use a new Editing King. Anyway, the modern SJWs may want to read a little Wiki, if nothing else, and learn what happens when the Commies finally get ousted. They should have a chat with old Nick Ceaușescu, using a medium and ouija board, of course, as his countrymen finally executed him on Christmas day 30 years ago. No, I don't mean ... I'm just sayin', is all ....
It's a really good thing our governments, universities, media, and other institutions are filled to the brim with incompetents. Otherwise, this Orwellian crap would already be beyond the level of East Germany in the heyday of the Stasi.
* I mean, if you want to argue, as that's just what I've read a number of times.
** Mr. Wall, with his fluency in Spanish and decade-or-more experience of living in Old Mexico, normally writes his "SAID IN SPANISH" columns, his interpretation of speeches and media output in Mexico, not originally meant for American eyes and ears, along with many other insights from his great knowledge of the Hispanic political scene and its connection to the immigration invasion of America.
*** You're supposed to do that BEFORE you elect the people - Democracy 101, people.