We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Britain's Police State: London arrests based on CCTV identification.
Despite no evidence that CCTV technology reduces crime, its use is strongly supported by policing authorities in the UK, US, China, and elsewhere. Why do you think this is?
In my opinion I think it is seen by ruling classes as an effective weapon to stifle dissent, to intimidate their populations into passivity and compliance to increasingly onerous social cutbacks and more wars. Frightening people with the "terrorist" boogieman may not be enough. The biggest threat to ruling capitalist classes are their own populations, not "terrorists".