Snitching loosens social cohesion

It is far nastier than it seems at first glance:

One of the quirks of living in Russia was being among people just coming out of the USSR strictures whilst at the same time, things were being reported back here that the UK was moving towards a new serfdom, an EUSSR or UKSSR. If that seemed fanciful to many over here, it wasn’t to me as I saw the last vestiges and one of those was the policy of Denunciation.

This wasn’t just snitching anonymously – it was a formal process, with forms to sign and anyone could do it. If a neighbour’s behaviour annoyed you, you went along to the local office for these things and filled in the forms. Of course you didn’t report them for that – you found something on them and reported that.

In my first year there, I brought back a young lady one afternoon [for English of course] and the landlady went beserk, pushed the young lady out of the door and she meekly accepted it, a smile on her lips.

Turns out her mother had Denounced my landlady years before.

You can just imagine what that does to a society, to it’s character, to its cohesion and it is only possible where the elite ensconces itself and encourages the people to turn on each other. This is why people were still loathe to talk years later, why eyes were avoided, why no one smiled up front. I heard many tales, mainly from the late middle-aged, about the Black Mariahs which came at midnight and they were no film producer’s fiction. I’ve walked on the ex-lake which everyone knew the bodies were beneath.

So this exhortation for kid’s to snitch needs to be nipped in the bud right now.

3 comments for “Snitching loosens social cohesion

  1. July 26, 2012 at 12:14

    The simple answer is to steadfastly ignore any – and every -diktat and exhortation that proceeds from the foul orifices of the State, and to encourage others to do likewise. With the present climate of distrust in the machinations of politics (which successive governments and their minions have tirelessly laboured to achieve), I think there must be sufficient numbers of dissenters to make stupid and nasty measures like this unworkable.

  2. Chuckles
    July 26, 2012 at 12:21

    Just getting back to their roots.

  3. July 26, 2012 at 14:01

    It is really blatant political propaganda is what it is. Not legitimate “educational material” at all. One sided, it does not seem to present any arguments against taxation.

    Is it right that a State organ promote a particular political view with, get this _taxpayers_ money? Suppose it was a history class promoting the virtues of socialism paid for by the social security department?

    I do hope they get complaints, someone should get the sack for it.

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