“ 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, or so dangerous that even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security.
“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised ( perhaps not even intentionally ) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes . And all the crisis and reforms ( real reforms, too ) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.
Excerpt from “They Thought They Were Free”
Milton Mayer—first published 1955
(A book that covers the procedures that gradually brought the German people under Hitler’s control)
Sound familiar ?