People Happily Sign Petition Supporting The 'Orwellian Police State Based On Nazi Germany'

from the yes,-it's-godwined-from-the-very-start dept

You can get people to sign just about any kind of petition, apparently. There's an amusing video making the rounds, put together by Mark Dice, in which he convinces people on a boardwalk in San Diego to sign a petition for the "city council" to "support an Orwellian police state." Sometimes he directly mentions the idea of modeling this police state on "Nazi Germany" and it doesn't appear to give anyone any pause at all.
Of course, the video is cut so you never see the full interactions (and, of course you only see the ones he chose to include), or what gets people to agree to sign up in the first place. In most cases, it looks like people have already committed to signing the petition before he goes into the statements about the "Orwellian police state," or "modeled on Nazi Germany," and he does so in a monotone way. But, even then, none of the people shown in the video seem to care much. Obviously, it could be that many others refused to sign or realized what he was up to and we just don't see it. But, beyond being an amusing bit of video, it should remind you how worthless street petitions tend to be.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2013 @ 12:49pm

    Candid Camera did something like this years ago

    Candid Camera had a skit years ago when Governor Gray Davis was being recalled in California (or maybe it was soon after the recall election).

    They made up random politicians in random positions they also made up, didn't tell people what party they belonged to or why they should be recalled, and got lots of signatures from people to recall them. At one point when asked what party a person they were recalling belonged to the petitioner says "oh we can figure that stuff out when the recall election happens", and the person who asked that question signed the petition anyway.

    They ended it with Peter Funt's kids getting people to sign petitions to recall their teachers simply because the kids didn't like them. A bunch of people signed those petitions to, even though teachers can't be recalled, and they knew nothing about the teachers.

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