THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 845, November 1, 2015
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Speech to the Traditional Britain Group
24th October 2015
Here is an audio recording made on my mobile telephone and then
tarted up in Audacity. A better version will be available soon,
but this will do for the moment.
I argue as follows:
- I was a techno-pessimist in the mid-1990s. I thought that, in
spite of many collateral advantages, the IT revolution would enable
states to gather and use vast amounts of information, and that this
would be used to enslave us.
- This fear seems to be confirmed by the Government's current push
to get access to all electronic data and to spy on us.
- The push is excused by the need to protect us from the Moslems.
- But the Moslems are not a problem at all as great as Sinn
Fein/IRA used to be. Islamic terrorism in this country has produced a
body count trifling set against the 3,500 killed in the Sin Fei/IRA
insurrection. Every other difference is in favour of the Moslems -
though there are other problems here that may need addressing in due
- Nor will universal surveillance protect us from terrorism. That
needs traditional policing.
- The scale of surveillance currently demanded by the British State
will carry us into a police state—this being better defined by the
fact of control than any mode of enforcement.
- To be watched is to be controlled. When people are watched in all
they do, they will mostly obey without actual threat of punishment.
- On the other hand, while there are dangers, the IT Revolution has
given us powerful tools of resistance. We need to use these if we want
to be free.
- Also, the kind of police state we are getting is based on fear
not of torture or death, but of disapproval and low-level persecution.
If we want to be free, all we need is to find a collective backbone
and stop behaving like girlie-men.
Sean Gabb is Director, The Libertarian Alliance
(Recognised by HMRC as an educational charity for tax purposes)
Tel: 07956 472 199
Postal Address: Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, London W1J 6HL, England
the Libertarian Alliance
Sean Gabb at Amazon.com:
Sean Gabb at Barnes & Noble.com:
Was that worth reading?
Then why not:
Just click the red box (it's a button!) to pay the author
This site may receive compensation if a product is purchased
through one of our partner or affiliate referral links. You
already know that, of course, but this is part of the FTC Disclosure
Policy found here. (Warning: this is a 2,359,896-byte 53-page PDF file!)