Geheime Staatspolizei

If you know enough German to recognize this title, you know where this is headed. And we certainly hope it isn’t.

Here is a theme people have been eying nervously for over 50 years: the omnipotent and unaccountable state, flanked by its unassailable secret police. It is easy to over-sell. We don’t advocate Chicken Little histrionics. But the twenty-first century Big Brother model sports not only omnipotence, but the electronic and digital wherewithal to become omniscient. Are we closer than ever before? Just how close to the edge are we?

Read our article ‘Geheime Staatspolizei ‘ in Commentary and tap our political barometer.

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