Ariel Dorfman from an revised essay collected in Homeland Security Ate My Speech .. highly recommended.
Continue reading “They’re Watching Us”
As the 2001 Patriot Act proves …, if people are frightened enough, manipulated enough, fear-mongered enough, they are more than willing to abrogate their own freedom … in the name of personal and national security. And if there were to be another terrorist attack like the vile ones perpetrated on September 11th 2001, even more invasive surveillance would be eagerly authorized, indeed demanded. Think of what fanatics like them could do with such colossal executive muscle at their disposal. Though what’s unsettling is to grasp that prospective tyrants wouldn’t require new legislation, now as during so much American history, to rein in free expression
I’m reminded that Woody Guthrie had a sign on his guitar that said, “This machine kills fascists.” Imagine all the great songs Phil Ochs would have written in response to T***p’s stormtrooper attacks on American citizens. Commit a thought crime today!