Not long after the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, I had dinner with the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Washington, who was a stalwart defender of civil liberties throughout his career. I asked him how he could have possibly voted for a law that so vastly expanded the government’s spying powers. He told me that he was facing a tough election, but as soon as it was over he’d invite my organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, to testify before Congress about the Patriot Act’s flaws and the threats it presented to privacy and civil liberties.
They will not see the light. But they will not be able to retain control as multiple chaos ensues, Unlike other periods of social disruption, no one will be able to grab the reins of power because conditions are global, the disruption covers nearly every field of activity, the pace of deterioration is quickening before our very eyes. The steep hill we are speeding down is about to morph into a bottomless cliff.