Individual Sovereignty Threatened

This is a great piece of writing sent in by Colin, which describes the experiences of the author being stopped at a roadblock in Texas and his daughter arrested.  The full article is here.

This is an extract – the last few paragraphs which sum up the core of the problem of the erosion of individual sovereignty.  

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker tallied the similarities between Orwell’s novel and today’s world in his 2003 book, The Blank Slate. The elements of that Orwellian nightmare are either proposed or already here. Government euphemisms… national identity cards… surveillance cameras on streets and in shopping malls, and drones… satellites in the sky… personal data on the Internet… endless wars with shifting enemies… dossiers in government databanks… and ever-increasing controls on the actions and statements of individual citizens.
From checkpoints and electronic strip searches at airports… to your banker being forced to report suspicious deposits to being locked up for not disclosing all of your assets to the IRS… the signs are clear: 1984 is here. Whether it’s a War on Drugs, Illegal Immigration, or Terrorist… it is all a war on individual sovereignty.
Winston Smith, the protagonist in Orwell’s novel, rebels against Big Brother. His fate is arrest and torture. O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party and the person in charge of torturing and converting Smith back into a docile slave, tells Smith about the future: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”
Winston, tortured and barely able to speak, replies: “You could not create such a world… it is impossible to found a civilization based fear and hatred and cruelty… there is something in the universe, some principle, some spirit that you will never overcome.”
As the novel ends, Winston Smith has given up hope in such a principle. “Everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”
There are many today who have found their own peace through a love of Big Brother. For those of us who believe in sovereignty, the spirit Smith believed in is still real. Individual sovereignty is the antithesis of a totalitarian world of surveillance, roadblocks and Newspeak. There is a principle, a spirit that can’t be overcome, and that is the determination to live free… I hope it survives.
Jack Pugsley
Chairman, The Sovereign Society

I find there are places where I feel free, and places where I don’t.  You can sense the determination of the state to control you, but in the end of the day, they are not that bright.  The people who become stooges of state power are usually the less capable who find they can become someone and that they can be the ones to push people around for once, as they see it.  I never deal with any government agency in person (I am a businessman).  I learned long ago that the thing they hate more than anything is to sit opposite someone who made their own way in the world, and has a freedom they couldn’t ever aspire to.  Freedom is the most valuable thing we possess, and a few goons of low intelligence are not going to take that away.  Just tick their boxes and they all go away.  The most important act of having a free mind is to keep it away from the broadcast media.  Keep the TV switched off.  And the radio.  They set the terms of the debate on there.  On the internet we do.
Thanks for the article, Colin. 
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3 Responses to “Individual Sovereignty Threatened”

  1. Scottie says:

    It’s not a great piece of writing, it’s the whining & bitching of someone whose, whiter than white, daughter got caught in possession of a controlled substance and was then, rightly, prosecuted.

    I remember a woman I knew who justified her son’s heroin addiction and burglary by stating the ‘fact’ that heroin wasn’t as addictive as tobacco. I don’t remember anyone getting their TV back though.

    The other roadblocks were an obvious anti-immigration operation. Something I imagine the author would normally approve of.

  2. Tapestry says:

    It’s always hard to know the assumed details when someone writes for a different country, and culture. The marijuana was prescribed by her doctor and should not be a controlled substance in any country. It became a controlled substance as a result of the lobbying of pharmaceutical companies who realised it was free medicine that cured cancer.

    Heroin only causes burglaries as it is supplied by organised crime, and not by the NHS, or Boots. A hundred years ago, it was sold openly as a medicine. There is far more trouble with it now, as you are cast out by society if you get an addiction, and are forced to live amongst criminals. I thought H had been replaced with more profitable ‘substances’. In South America whole nations chew the Coca leaf and suffer no ill effects.

    Immigration is not as simple a subject as people who only stay in one country imagine. People fall in love across borders, and have kids. It’s a brutal idea that these families must be busted because others fear foreigners. That fear suits those who want to subjugate the world. They can divide the world’s peoples into camps and prevent fraternisation. From there they can create permanent wars, which need funding and weapons and keep their war-making industries busy and dominant. The loyalty of the MIC to government facilitates the suppression of society everywhere.

  3. Tapestry says:

    correction – suppression of freedom

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