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August 5, 2009



Anonymous m said...

What happens in Britain today all too often happens in the US tomorrow.

August 5, 2009 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

M, you beat me to it as usual.

Ever since Reagan and Thatcher, we in the two countries have been whipsawed continuously.

1984-as-manual indeed.

August 5, 2009 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the first things I did after September 11th was to check out 1984 from the library and try to reread it. I couldn't finish it, it looked like a manual for the direction the country was heading.

August 5, 2009 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disturbing how many people have been unaffected by Orwell. Or possibly have not read him.

Another theory might be that people in modern society are more delighted simply in Revenge, and other principles are overshadowed. Pot: Go to prison. Go through red light: Install Red-Light camera (although this is suspected of merely being a money-maker).

The fact that Britian's CCTV cameras will be directed mainly toward the poor should not be overlooked. Sure you say, because that's where instability, drugs, and crime are more likely! But the poor are not, by nature, any better or worse than the rich... they're just poor. By luck, or design. And they are more likely to be viewed with a jaundiced eye, watched carefully, and more easily caught and prosecuted for relatively minor crimes. And... with laws that satiate our Vindictive nature, it's Three Strikes And You're Out!

But it's generally not the theft of a wallet that will make us all Poor. And it's not the neighborhood mugging or shooting that will kill many sons and daughters.
It's more likely to be a routine illness or trauma that drives your family into the poorhouse, or possibly just an extremely low salary combined with the rising “Cost Of Living”. (But it's the Repug millionaires that still lead the charge agains't workman's compensation, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.) Also, pollution and hazardous working conditions still affect many people, and the correlation of hourly wage vs. having good medical insurance / disability is probably a negative slope.
I would argue that, in the past, it's more likely to have been a war initiated by corporate greed or political foolishness, or both, that has been the cause of most problems.

Well... Here in the U.S., in the spirit of keeping the world safe and following on the heels of stories about Bush, Cheney, Blackwater, Halliburton, TYCO, Enron, Whitewater, Silverado (et al). I would propose public access to all Politician's computer records, and cameras and microphones be installed in all their offices. Public access to records of Any firm receiving government money. And all investors be given legal access to paper / telephone / and computer records of management and board members of publically traded firms.

Vindictive...? Me...?

-Da Theorist

August 6, 2009 11:46 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Cameras in the bedroom: the next step.

August 6, 2009 5:23 PM  

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