There is a fascinating account by Milton Mayer in 1955, reflecting on what had happened in Germany from 1933 to 1945, here: http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/man-vs-morlock From that article: This kind of thing need not be deliberate, orchestrated by the elite ruling class, it can be a simple exercise in politics--how far can we push, how much can we get the people to accept now? rather than some huge master plan. Yet the destination at the end is the same: desensitization of the people to a tremendous loss of status and dignity and freedom. What is involved in the airport strip seach and grope is far more important than just a travel impediment. If the people accept this, that is a new threshold of normalcy, and then the next step down will be taken.