…(on the Right) over how some guys in a cave in Afghanistan and (on the Left) how some dark theocratic conspiracy of soccer moms and NASCAR enthusiasts were going to “take away our freedoms”, here the problem was right where common sense, the Founders, and the Church has always warned it is: in the immense concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few wealthy and powerful people.
In the show, Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) plays a computer programmer who created The Machine for the government. This black box system sorts all the data feeds from all the CCTV cameras, cell phones, computers, and other digital detritus looking for patterns that might indicate the planning of some kind of terrorist attack. Jim Caviezel (Jesus!) plays the former special forces guy who helps Emerson track down the people who are too small to be noticed by the system, but who are potential criminals or victims nonetheless.
Now Microsoft has partnered with the NYPD (last seen pretending their jurisdiction extends to New Jersey) and Nanny Bloomberg to make the whole thing real. And they’ve succeeded!
One of the marks of heresy I have noticed is its tendency over time to morph into its opposite. So radical feminism ends with extolling making women into sex objects. Calvinists who exalted the sovereignty of God end as Unitarians who worship the imagination of man. Communism promised freedom for the little guy and turned into raw power for the Big Man. And Operation Enduring Freedom’s legacy is a Enduring Slavery.