People don’t deserve freedom if not fighting surveillance

To better understand this article first read about the paradigm shift on if you have not done so already.

It’s a saying that people get the government they deserve. That’s true in the case of new surveillance states in the West that people tolerate without active resistance of any type (not counting anomalous outliers, empty talk or ineffective judicial attempts at regulating surveillance).

After Wired, on Feb 04 2021, published this article here about Fusion AI surveillance it should have immediately led to large street protests, in the same way that other kinds of injustice have triggered everything from anti-globalist marches in the 1990s to BLM protests in 2020. We even saw in the US that somewhere between 3.2 and 5.2 million people participated in the 2017 Women’s March against Trump. So many people clearly have a will to protest if they want to. But right after the Snowden revelations in 2013 only thousands of protesters gathered outside the US Capitol. Today things are worse, but no protests against Fusion AI surveillance.

I have every day since Jan 2021 published posts on Gab about the need to fight surveillance, but didn’t get much response despite this platform being a place for people who are more anti-Big Tech than average. Gab users have not organized a street march against Big Tech surveillance even when they are now one of the main targets of massive surveillance in the new “war on domestic terror”:

The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

The U.S. Intelligence Community, Flouting Laws, is Increasingly Involving Itself in Domestic Politics

US war on domestic terrorism escalates

Have also informed dozens of scholars about (DSI) where the article from Wired about Fusion AI has always been an easily visible sticky on the front page of DSI, but no response. The website only gets about zero to twenty visitors each day, usually around ten, which had been totally okay if lots of other people took an initiative to spread helpful info about how to actively protect democracies against Big Tech surveillance. It’s true that the Internet is full of articles and videos describing surveillance, but none of them have managed to activate people like we have seen during the BLM protests for example.

The General Data Protection Regulation in the EU is not good enough according to Snowden in this video here (06:10 min). Congressional hearings with Big Tech leaders is basically just theater when one sees that Pentagon and Big Tech are merging, as described in the NSCAI report. No political realist should trust that Big Tech intentions are good when this much power is gathered in the hands of an opaque elite:

The sick desire to monitor people is evident when tech researchers have found a way to use ordinary headsets to identify citizens and eavesdrop on them. New Scientist:

Regular headphones can detect a heart rate and hear your conversations

The Guardian:

Your ‘smart home’ is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Breitbart and Snowden are on the same side in the fight against online tracking and surveillance:

Bokhari: Microsoft and Friends Want to Destroy Online Privacy

“Microsoft has teamed up with a number of tech and media companies to create a system of tracing content around the internet that could destroy online privacy and anonymity, radically transforming the nature of the web.” (…)

“According to Microsoft’s press release, it has partnered with several other organizations to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA).”

“Put simply, the purpose of this organization is to devise a system whereby all content on the internet can be traced back to its author.”

C2PA became news in Feb 2021, but have you noticed any significant protests against it? Not at the moment of writing. And that’s not surprising when knowing that Western states have more surveillance than Stasi Germany, and London in 2020 had more CCTV cameras than Beijing, but there are no street protests or riots…

When even well-known and highly respected academics do nothing after reading the information presented above the situation can in one way be compared to a firefighter entering a university auditorium where she tells people that there is a fire but everybody just ignores her because they are busy with “more important things”. Or a life guard warning people about a tsunami but getting the reply: shut up, we are having a beach party!

Militant resistance is not dependent on popular support, as explained here. Maybe some groups in America are secretly creating a leaderless resistance against Big Tech surveillance tyranny, but I doubt that is happening now.

Let’s face it, both common people and highly educated individuals are complacent about surveillance in such a degree that citizens in the West no longer act as independent and autonomous persons, generally speaking. Too many people have succumbed to learned helplessness. They are so indifferent and careless that:

The FBI Is Now Securing Networks Without Their Owners’ Permission

Even the gods are helpless when facing chronic stupidity. This idiocy is one of the reasons that a paradigm shift occurred on Tired of being a relatively serious Cassandra or somewhat dreary Jeremiah shouting warnings in the desert. Now I (jokingly) focus more on the positive aspects of surveillance.

C2PA, for example, is maybe good in some ways if it actually stops disinformation and makes it possible to identify those who commit online crimes. I’m deep down a moderate cultural conservative, not a tech-libertarian, so my basic attitude is that people who don’t like C2PA can just stop using the Internet and live offline instead. That’s possible as long as we don’t yet have a cashless society. It’s not a law of nature that you have to be online. You have free will. But if healthy and normal people choose to live as Internet slaves and entertainment junkies then I suggest we go all in and eventually turn all humans into NZI cyborgs, in the unholy mechanized year of 2999 perhaps, or later, or earlier, if it’s technically possible.

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