We think we are speaking freely or in confidence, but our words are heard & recorded. We think we have mobility, but our movements are observed. We think we have economic opportunity, but our choices are limited, manipulated & channeled. We think that because we have so many sources of information we have access to the truth. Welcome to the National Security State. It is not the same as the welfare state. The National Security State is the gradual, surreptitious, skillful substitution of illusion for reality. It uses a favorite word of mine, "fascinate," in the old definition: to transfix or deprive of the power of resistance. Except for some libertarians, resistance on the right has virtually collapsed. Not that they ever did resist it much.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson