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What are the characteristics of a "police state"?

To apply the phrase "police state" as an accurate description of a nation's laws and public policy, what particular characteristics must there be?
tynamite's avatar All these things would have to happen, for there to be a Police State:

  • Suppression of Free Speech and thus dissent.
  • Wiretapping people's communications in a "guilty before proven innocent" stance.
  • Arresting protesters to collect a database of enemies of the state.
  • Propaganda combined with mainstream media that is one sided.
  • Laws that protect the rich and stigmatise the poor.
  • Being searched without a warrant, and your belongings seized based on groundless accusations.
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An assertion, is basically a statement you can make, that is either true or false.

Richer people have better health.

The question for that would be, Do richer people have better health?

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