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The Census: Vehicle for Social Engineering
The Independent Institute, United States Saturday, May 01, 2010


The census in a welfare state, then, creates a dynamic in which the exercise of one person’s rights ostensibly damages the interests of others. It thus has become a powerful symbol of social control over civil society, writes Wendy McElroy in The Independent Institute Newsroom.

In his book Seeing Like a State, James Scott commented on the role played by census data in the rise of the modern State: “If we imagine a state that has no reliable means of enumerating and locating its population, gauging its wealth, and mapping its land, resources, and settlements, we are imagining a state whose interventions in that society are necessarily crude.”

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The U.S. government recognizes that power. It is currently engaged in an unprecedented push to count the people, citizen and noncitizen alike, living in the country.

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By mid-March 450 million census forms began arriving by mail in less exotic zip codes; census assistance centers were established to help people complete the ten-question form. April 1, also known as April Fool’s Day, was officially recognized as “Census Day.”

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The federal government expects to spend $14.7 billion to count every man, woman and child living in the country.” The jobs range from office clerks to supervisors and door-knockers.

Compliance is required by law; Section 221 of Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subchapter II spells out several types of illegal responses to the census:

    * Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers
    * Giving suggestions or information with intent to cause inaccurate enumeration of population
    * Refusal, by owners, proprietors, etc., to assist census employees
    * Failure to answer questions affecting companies, businesses, religious bodies, and other organizations.

Fines can range from $100 to $5,000. Nevertheless, the law is rarely enforced, and the Census Bureau relies heavily on public cooperation. To gain widespread voluntary compliance, authorities must overcome two major obstacles: apathy and a suspicion of how government will use the data. This article addresses the latter.

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Nevertheless, many people consider the 2010 form to be a violation of privacy. For example, one question asks, “Is this house, apartment or mobile home owned by you or someone in the house with a mortgage? Owned free and clear? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?”

After that the form asks the sex, age, relationship, and race of each person living at the home and whether he or she is of Hispanic origin. For each person it must be specified whether he or she “sometimes live[s] or stay[s] somewhere else.”

Why the does the government need to know that? It also wants your phone number in case your answers are unclear.

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Certainly the history of the census is one of “mission drift.” The first census (1790) consisted of six questions: the name of the head of the family and the number of people in the household broken down into free white males 16 or older, free white males under 16, free white females, and slaves.

How did the census evolve into a vehicle for social engineering?

Expanded Data Collection

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Local governments also scrutinize census data for their own purposes. In a Wall Street Journal column in 1989, “Honesty May Not Be Your Best Census Policy,” James Bovard explained that those responsible for building-code enforcement often used the data “to check compliance with zoning regulations” and to find violations such as “illegal two-family dwellings.”

The government responds to privacy concerns by assuring the public that the data are confidential. “Wrongful disclosure” by employees carries a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a prison term of up to five years. Other federal laws reinforce confidentiality protections, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act. Confidentiality is “guaranteed” for 72 years.

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Dividing up the Booty

The government predominantly uses one argument to elicit compliance, which the Census Bureau website states clearly: “Each question helps to determine how more than $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country.” The money will be used to fund hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, and public-works projects.

In other words, tax money will be doled back out to communities based on how many residents return the form.

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Several years ago I discussed the Canadian census with a neighbor after she had signed up to be a census taker. Like many rural women, she is proudly independent and openly suspicious of authority, especially of government “suits” and bean counters. I asked what she would do if a neighbor refused to answer her questions. “I’d report them to my boss,” she replied without hesitation. When I frowned in disapproval, she indignantly protested against people who refused to pull their weight in the community by answering “some simple questions.”

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The census in a welfare state, then, creates a dynamic in which the exercise of one person’s rights ostensibly damages the interests of others. It thus has become a powerful symbol of social control over civil society.

 

 

This article was published in the The Independent Institute on Saturday, May 01, 2010. Please read the original article here.
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