Thankfully after the end of the Cold War the nightmare of totalitarian states receded. Unless you consider all pervasive surveillance by secret police in Western ‘democracies’ to be a problem. However while we achieve repressive conformity with much lower labour costs due to the wonders of computers and people volunteering their entire lives to central databases under the guise of social networking, in the past Big Brothering took a lot more effort. The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes held an exhibition Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police (a book was also produced here) with some wonderfully evocative and sinister photographs of unaware citizens taken by the covert state security agency the StB. More in this PDF (with fascinating notes taken from secret files). Via & see more @ vintage everyday.