"Enemies, in other words, could no longer be identified by their openly professed views. A later NKVD boss Laverenty Beria would also frequently quote Stalin, noting that 'an enemy of the people is not only one who commits sabotage, but one who doubts the rightness of the Party line.' Ergo, an 'enemy' could mean anybody who opposed Stalin's rule, for any reason, even if he did not openly profess to do so."
Applebaum, Anne. Gulag : A History. 1st ed. ed. New York: Doubleday, 2003. pg. 102
Indeed, freedom is the first thing that fearful citizens are prepared to give up. So much so that they often ask to lose it, ask for it to be taken away, banished from their sight, which is why they not only applaud the very person intending to take it from them, they even vote for him.Continue reading Thus Bad Begins