In a Fascist State…

Caesar gets to watch you, but you don’t get to watch Caesar.  And Mammon, who has his back scratched by Caesar, sees to it that if you try to watch Caesar you are deprived of the power to do so or, if necessary, punished for trying.  Caesar, in turn, makes his jackboots available to Mammon as a private corporate police force when Mammon requires it.

You?  You matter insofar as you are useful.  If you are not yet useful (like a baby) or cease to be useful (like a geezer), or are not as useful as other more useful people with more money and power, then your only friends are Jesus and his disciples (real disciples, I mean, not people who try to baptize the worship of Mars, Mammon, and Moloch), because in the post-Christian world of neo-paganism the strong do as they please and the weak suffer what they must.

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  • Confederate Papist

    This should surprise no one.

  • Irenist

    I see that the FBI is monitoring everyone’s emails and Facebook feeds. Since I imagine that includes me, they’d better watch out: my doings might bore them to death!

  • Michael F.

    Can you imagine what Hitler and Stalin could have done with this kind of technology?

    Anyone who isn’t deeply troubled by all this under the umbrella of “security” either isn’t paying attention or isn’t thinking.

    • ivan_the_mad

      Or they could be profiting from it immensely. *cough* Chertoff *cough*

  • Ted Seeber

    I have long treated everything passed by Internet Protocol as “not private” since learning how a router worked. I’m amazed that anybody else does this.

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Ted wins the all the intertubes today!!!

    • Linebyline

      Technically true. Even the best privacy-protecting technology can’t withstand the xkcd 538 decryption algorithm, variations of which the government has been known to employ. For that matter, no deadbolt can stop a burglar with a backhoe.

      On the other hand, just because something is hard to protect against doesn’t mean other people have a right to do it.