Cross Me Off Your List, Big Brother, Okay ?
Heres a thought for all you liberal comrades who, like me, fly to the blogging barricades to rant indignantly about Americas slide towards fascism. The thing is, if you really believe what you’re saying, you might want to be careful about saying it online. Seriously.
In the past the government had to work quite hard to winkle out ‘subversives’. You know the sort … the kind of trouble-makers who were active in unions or spoke out against war or marched for peace or demanded racial equality or any one of a host of activities that made them ‘dangerous’ to society. It was a hard slog identifying and listing them so they could be watched or sometimes, if they looked like causing too much fuss, covertly targeted and smeared. You think I’m kidding or exaggerating ? Please .. *please* .. read the history of America in the 20th century. Does anyone think things have changed ? Really ? If so watch out for the tooth fairy .. she’ll be around later.
Nowadays, however, its so much easier for our rulers to find their ‘enemy within’. They don’t have to infiltrate groups. They don’t have to skulk around in the shadows. Its all handed to them on a plate called the internet. We leave a digital trail of our protest. Multi-billion dollar agencies with cutting-edge equipment spy on American citizens 24/7. Everything you put on Facebook or Twitter or other social media sites or blog or write in a private email is fed into the government processor. Just using certain words online will trigger a machine response that flags you up for attention. You won’t even know if some faceless government agent decides to put you under scrutiny and that might happen for any reason or no reason at all. Mistakes are made.
The hideously draconian and unpatriotic Patriot Act still looms over the country like the shadow of Darth Vader. None of the oppressive burden of government surveillance that was slipped in under the cloak of ‘anti-terrorism’ hysteria has been lifted and nor will it ever be. It will just get steadily, incrementally, progressively worse. Right now, unless you’re unlucky, the chances are you won’t know much about it. You’ll go online and ‘have your say’ and rant about this or that and it’ll all seem fine. Its not though.
The ‘freedom’ of the internet has encouraged us to jump up and down with our hands raised yelling .. “Hey .. here we are .. we’re the ones you want”. Of course the secret government ‘listeners’ will dismiss most of what we say as the hot air it rightly is but if you say much, and if you say it at all effectively, the chances are you’ll be on their list. Or there might just be a cock-up and you’ll end on a list anyway. Lord knows Its happened. Then you’re ‘the enemy’.
If I was really subversive .. really serious about changing the status quo radically .. I think I’d shut up about it online. I’d stay right off the online political or social soap-boxes and post lolcats or blog about pixies while I worked quietly under the radar in the real world for a better, fairer society. I’d appear harmless. I’d subvert from within rather than inviting attention. Of course, in case anyone is covertly monitoring this chitter-chatter, I’m obviously no danger whatsoever to you. Who in their right minds wouldn’t love Big Brother and the Corporate States of America ?
In fact, let me go on record right now for the secret listeners as saying I think having two almost identical right-of-center political parties and calling it a democratic ‘choice’ is neat. I think its so fun that the government scares us all with overblown hype about the ‘terrorist threat’ as a means of control and to enable illegitimate wars of aggression. I totally approve of the way big business and their lobbyists control government through vast slush funds and ‘contributions’. I applaud the way the majority of the countries wealth is owned by a tiny minority of people while others are homeless, hungry and without health-care.
I even love that the Orwellian named US ‘defence’ industry is the worlds biggest supplier of weapons by a vast margin, needing to find new wars and arenas of death each year to maintain its multi-billion dollar sales. I’m really cool with Americas constant attacks on other countries, the democracies they’ve subverted, the dictators they’ve supported and the vast numbers of innocent people they’ve killed over the years. I mean .. seriously .. how could any reasonable person disagree with any of this ?
So if you’re listening secret-service surveillance doods (and we absolutely know you are) I’m totally harmless, yanno. You can cross me off your list .. really ..:)