"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
Who will watch the watchmen?
* As you can see, that question has been asked for a long time.
* In a fascist culture, it is a tough question as the only oversight committee is tasked with, "Are we missing anyone?"
* I'm old enough to remember living in a Constitutional Republic and I really miss it, but think of anybody under, say, twenty-five. They have never known privacy, they have never known peace. To them, surveillance, suppression, endless war, propaganda, prisons, disappearances are normal. They've never known anything else.
* The Constitution and Bill of Rights are not taught in school anymore. They may be mentioned, but not as anything important. They learn early that, if you defy the man, don't do as you are told, you get your head busted, if you are lucky.
* Propaganda teaches them that this is a world where a small band of red-blooded Americans must protect them from a world of others whose sole reason for existence is to kill or enslave them, so the most powerful Wehrmacht the world has ever seen must destroy them, anywhere in the world, make refugees of them, and make sure the refugees have nowhere to go. It must ally itself with other nations with the same outlook, to loot and destroy those who don't agree and cooperate.
* Talk to some young person today about some new method of surveillance or crowd control, and the answer you get is often, "That's cool!"
* If those of us who remember privacy, peace, honor, ethics and empathy don't try to keep them alive and instill them into the lives of those coming up behind us, then the world will become truly Orwellian.
* Remember the discussion of Newspeak? The language was being reduced to the point where there would not even be a way to express rebellion, or to question what the government, the party, was doing. To try to do so was just summed up as "doubleplusungood." If something came up that was a lie, such as an announcement that rations would be increased, then they were decreased, that was solved by "doublethink."
* If you look at what is being done to our language with "PC" and other restrictions, we are slowly approaching that, as well. If you cannot speak or write without carefully censuring yourself to make sure that whatever you say will not offend anyone, if there are laws that restrict your speech, may fine or imprison you should someone claim that they are offended by what you wrote, if your ideas must correlate with whatever the vox populi says or thinks, then we are at a stalemate. New thoughts, new ideas will be suspect. We will stagnate. As Monty Python used to say, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!", but little by little, it is reappearing.
* Arrest and imprisonment without trial or charge is known and essentially accepted today. Police may confiscate your home, your car, your money, for no more reason than it does not fit your profile. Usually, you do not get it back, unless you spend a huge amount in legal fees to get at least part of it back.
* Returning to surveillance, should you be picked up, and charged, often you or your attorney will not even know or see what the alleged evidence is against you. It is a matter of national security, or releasing the information could conceivably give some unknown agency a clue as to how they were accessing private or encrypted information. The judge is simply told you are guilty and the government or the agency will attest to it, but don't ask for details.
* How long before we, too, must learn to fear Room 101?