[ExI] Privacy vs the future

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 10:01:18 UTC 2010

On 9/7/10, samantha wrote:
> Transparency alone is
> (a)very unlikely in that those in power (government) claim more
> rights to monitor everything about us than they allow us regarding their own
> actions and
> (b) just transparency will not stop massive persecution of
> victimless crimes and other abuses and
> (c) full transparency with no
> safeguards would be the end of any discretion and most competition.

The discussion about transparency in society is a distraction.

What sort of society do you want?
The wealth gap in the US is now such that the top 1% own nearly
everything and the middle-class is being destroyed. One simplification
is that your pension funds have been ruined while the financiers get
million-dollar bonuses for 'managing' your funds.

If the mass of the population have nothing much left worth stealing,
the rulers don't really care whether they watch each other or mug each
other or kill each other. So long as they are kept quiet enough that
they don't upset the super-rich regal lifestyles.
(Bring on the X-factor and the ball games!).

You can have as much 'freedom' as you like so long as you don't mind
being poor and don't rock the boat.


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