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The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s Future Is Our Present Reality

Mac Slavo
June 16th, 2019
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Read John W. Whitehead’s entire commentary here, on The Rutherford Institute

The Orwellian dystopia of thought control and an omnipresent surveillance state has become our reality.  George Orwell’s book 1984, although meant as fiction, has turned out to be an incredible prediction of our future.

The “land of the free” hasn’t been free since shortly after the American Revolution and it’s getting more authoritarian by the day. It’s been 70 years since Orwell (dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass manipulation are the norm) depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism, and totalitarianism in 1984.

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 

Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move. Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it, because they [are] distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing.” Much like Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the populace is now taught to “know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but will be protected up to a point if they conform, and to think so poorly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebel or run away.”John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute

This world is truly dystopian, and that doesn’t just go for the United States.  The masters are brainwashing the slaves and the slaves aren’t doing anything about it.  In fact, most want more masters and to be further enslaved.  We are witnessing a wholly disturbing state of humanity right now.

Much like Philip K. Dick’s darkly prophetic vision of a dystopian police state (which became the basis for Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller Minority Report) we are now trapped in a world in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams and pre-crime units will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control. Violence and government dominance rule over the masses and they are completely accepting and willing participants in their own enslavement.

What many fail to realize is that the government is not operating alone. It cannot. The government requires an accomplice. Thus, the increasingly complex security needs of the massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental overreach.

In fact, Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother, and we are now ruled by the Corporate Elite whose tentacles have spread worldwide. For example, USA Today reports that five years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the homeland security business was booming to such an extent that it eclipsed mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue. This security spending to private corporations such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others is forecast to exceed $1 trillion in the near future.

The government now has at its disposal technological arsenals so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. Spearheaded by the NSA, which has shown itself to care little to nothing for constitutional limits or privacy, the “security/industrial complex”—a marriage of government, military and corporate interests aimed at keeping Americans under constant surveillance—has come to dominate the government and our lives. At three times the size of the CIA, constituting one-third of the intelligence budget and with its own global spy network to boot, the NSA has a long history of spying on Americans, whether or not it has always had the authorization to do so. – John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute

Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people. Even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control over the citizenry at all costs.

We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me. –George Orwell, 1984

We have been reduced to a cowering citizenry which is rendered mute in the face of elected officials who refuse to represent us, helpless in the face of police brutality, powerless in the face of militarized tactics and technology that treat us like enemy combatants on a battlefield, and naked in the face of government surveillance that sees and hears all. We have nowhere left to go.  We have, so to speak, gone from being a nation where privacy is king to one where nothing is safe from the prying eyes of the government.

We are living in Orwell’s dystopian predicted future. John W. Whitehead poses the question: So how do you survive in the American surveillance state?

The truth is that we’re running out of options. As Whitehead makes clear in his book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, that we will all soon have to choose between self-indulgence (the bread-and-circus distractions offered up by the news media, politicians, sports conglomerates, entertainment industry, etc.) and self-preservation in the form of renewed vigilance about threats to our freedoms and active engagement in self-governance.

Read John W. Whitehead’s entire commentary here, on The Rutherford Institute

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  1. We aren’t respected by the institutions we created and the people that run them. They will soon attempt to “cull” us for being too many and to save money meant for our retirement and benefits and for being old. God help the young ones…..

    • TharSheBlows says:

      Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we
      train our character to be passive in its presence and
      thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves
      and those we love.
      – Julian Assange

      Nailed it. You fail to hold people accountable, they just keep on acting lawlessly and the problems fester bigger and bigger.

      • Menzoberranzan says:

        If this is all true then they know I want them dead too. Come get some motherfuckers. We”ll see how many of you go home in a bag besides me.

      • Daniel Houseworth says:

        Like a nasty boil. These assholes are insane. It’s all out in the open now.

      • Karl V. says:

        The biggest issue contained in this situation is the simple fact that most people just don’t care.

        They are addicted to immediate-gratification electronic entertainment. Abstract principles like privacy and individuality seem irrelevant; and a big reason for this is that they are given virtually no serious weight by the media giants who profit greatly from incessant data accumulation.

        Most people are sheep. They are lulled into apathy with “fun” gadgets that spy on them, and the conglomerates that profit make sure that no serious discussion takes place and that no real obstacles occur.

        I wonder how much money is spent on lobbyists in D.C. to ensure that struggling little companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, etc. can continue to rake in billions by buying and selling the entire lives of hundreds of millions of people.

        If this issue was trumpeted on TV, on the internet, in newspapers (hey! remember newspapers?) with the same urgency given to pushing “common-sense gun laws” then the entire nation would be up in arms.

        Instead, it gets an occasional casual mention, and then the commentator quickly moves on to breathlessly inform us of a great new app, or a cellphone with a curved screen, or a new advance in “smart homes”. People are continually conditioned to squeal with delight over their new toys, and to ignore the invisible chains embedded in the fine print of “terms of service”.

    • Daniel Houseworth says:

      How true is that comment. No one could say it any better.

  2. Wow…what a great post. I think most of the posts on here are pablum for the masses, but this one lays out the truth. Of course, I expect the USA, USA, USA faction to bluster and stutter about muh murica. but stop and think about it for a minute and this post is the truth… not some stupid propaganda from CNBC or FOX or Rush.

    It’s not left versus right…it’s us versus them (the state).

    • Deplorable ruski says:

      The left want a police state to exterminate conservatives so yes it is small government right vs big government leftists.. btw we’re going to win big time.. the left will be all but exterminated and made an example of for all of the world to see

    • TharSheBlows says:

      Hint: Get far away and Off their Grid.

      Notice how every Holiday in the USA is hijacked by the Military. And the Media loathes over the military, like drooling slobs wrapping the flag around the Fraud and Genocide and Calling Nation destroying and stealing of natural resources patriotic and protecting our freedoms here at home. ONE BIG Propaganda FRAUD

  3. And the surveillance isn’t for your protection. It’s for controlling you. Some day soon, when the totalitarians are ready, they will flip a switch, and the full blown police state will be in effect.

  4. Kevin2 says:

    It’s likely that any and all large controlling institutions become detached from those they oversee. Once the governors are no longer on an almost literal first name basis with those governed problems arise. The greater the distance between the two the more pronounced the separation. I do not believe that there is a government on the planet, capitalist, socialist, republic, democracy, monarchy or obviously dictatorship where the citizenry actually controls it as advertised.

  5. rellik says:

    This is a public forum. When we comment here we know we are telling the entire world our public thoughts.
    I know that if you were to DuckDuckGo my real name, you’d
    find I’m splattered all over the net.
    You can even find out my old telephone number and property tax bill in the last state I lived in over 20 years ago.
    When I went into the military at age 17 virtually everybody in the world learned my SSN because at the time they used it as your service number and it was stamped on everything you owned, including your dogtags.
    This invasion of “privacy” is not new.

    Your best bet is to get out of the city, relocate to a poor,
    remote area, and passively, aggressively check out of society.
    Plan your bugout carefully. No need to go back to living like it is the 1700’s. I like my Chain saws and Satellite connections.
    But if you plan carefully, you can do very well.
    I once worked with a guy who lived during the week, on a nice boat in Marina Del Rey, flew his airplane to and from his ranch (which abutted Sequoia National park) on weekends to be home with the wife. I made more per hour at the time, but he had spent years accumulating all this stuff. That guy could really bug out, be it by car, boat or plane!

    • Kevin2 says:

      rellik

      Do you really believe that the NSA can’t and doesn’t bypass all of these made for the common man security protocols? Joe Louis said it well, “You can run but you can’t hide”. As my father says, “You don’t get into a pissing contest with a skunk”; technology is their arena. Want to avoid them, abandon technology and go Ted Kaczynski in the wilderness or Amish.

      • rellik says:

        K2,
        I’m not a gambler, but I’ll bet they wouldn’t bother
        with the expense of dealing with me or my kind.
        BTW I’ve had to write letters to the NSA,
        it is a long story you probably don’t want to
        read about.
        I’m pretty sure they know who I am.

        • Kevin2 says:

          “wouldn’t bother with the expense of dealing with me or my kind.”

          The expense of an analyst no unless one of their trip wires is crossed. The expense of a program that circumvents whatever the masses are offered (and used in that broad brush capacity) definitely.

    • bb in GA says:

      I have a very common surname (top 5 fer sure) and when I search for myself (like on DDG) the data is not even accurate.

      I know it is me by the sex, age and current location data but they have names in my relatives list that I never heard of and former residence towns in States where I have never lived.

      So much for the accuracy of the coming Police State. BtW these data bases are private industry. Imagine when Govt is involved.

      For instance, I recently had to get a copy of my Birth Cert. I am listed for example as Jim R. Jones, Jr. with my Daddy as Jim R. Jones, Sr.

      Problem is, I am not a Jr since my Father is actually R. Jim Jones III. So they can’t even get the names and family order correct…and this is of course over 70 years ago.

      Governments haven’t got any better in the last few generations so I don’t expect a lot of accuracy ….

      <bb

  6. Clown World says:

    “…it eclipsed mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue.”

    If you wanted to be amoral about this, and a triumphalist, you would be leveraging these industries against your neighbors and political opponents.

    You could be a venture capitalist or an inventor, or like my masochistic, sjw neighbor, pick fake Fight Club fights in front of the security camera.

    In theory, there is nothing keeping Rene Boucher tier aholes off your ribs, just by showing off your celphone cam. In theory, the abrasive, liberal provocateur will always win in court. In theory, the prime aggressor will always be at a legal disadvantage, no matter whether a damn good reason is caught on film.

    Sometimes, they think twice, when shown the celphone.

    And, this is something that can be used for harmless, private, educational purposes.

    Anyone can be self-entitled, including you.

  7. 1) Orwell, 1984 / Huxley’s, A Brave New World / Minority Report / Etc.

    2) Georgia Guide Stones

    3) Use your imagination

  8. 1) Orwell, 1984 / Huxley’s, A Brave New World / Minority Report / Etc..

    2) Georgia Guide Stones

    3) Use your imagination

  9. Anonymous says:

    Orwell is here.
    Why comment? Comments censored.
    – Notice lack of comments.
    – Notice lack of views.
    This site was once great. Like everything else in Amerikka, if it is good it must then be messed up by the Tech Monopoly Mass Media brainwash NWO commie propaganda machine.

    Piss on Leftie Commie mass media brainwash Tel Lie Vision.
    Piss on censorship.
    Piss on the political correct NAZI COMMIE brainwash.
    Piss on the social media mob.
    Piss on YouTube-Google-FarceBook, COMMIE censorship Tech Monopoly BULLIES. You are Not our masters.

    Here I am. “Come and Take It.” My neighbors, friends, workers, feel the same way. People have had enough. They are pissed.
    You can only steal ourLiberty over our dead rotting corpse.
    The masses have had enough. You will not shut us up. You can not use your PC correct nonsense to take my job. Because MEN work for themselves. Are Slaves to NONE.

    Yes I once grabbed a womans bottom without invite. She slapped me. Chastised me. Then she made sure I had her phone number before I left. We were married a few short weeks later. She gave me great children and is a great mother. SO put that up on your psycho babble new changed Amerikka nonsense mass herd social media mob incitement of the day rhetoric idiocy pipe and smoke it.. Me too that.

    1. Get the NWO commies out of controlling our childrens education.
    2. Cancel cable TV. Cancel NFL football. Put that saved money into food stores, silver rounds, gold, ammo rounds
    3. Stop supporting leftist commie anti freedom Hollywood films. Let them go broke.
    — — — — — — — — —
    Censored. so you can’t read this. No critical thinking zone, your “changed” Amerikka.

    • Rock Roller says:

      Great post Anon. Many people I know have had it as well.They will pay with their blood when they try to impose their tyranny on some of us.And those of us that are self employed, well, there’s no better freedom than being your own boss, answering to no one but yourself. I also don’t have any use for the T.V., my Grandfather called it the “idiot box” for a reason.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Today:
    Argentina -Blackout
    Uruguay -Blackout
    Paraguay -Blackout
    Millions without power.
    Back to 1869 technology.

    300,000 in DallasTX, last big storm without power. 4 days for some people. Power Company did great job restoring quickly.

    Are you ready for now power?

    Have you drilled your family for power loss before hand?
    You must do this before needed to learn.

  11. Anonymous says:

    real time discussion no longer allowed on this site.
    Critical thinking Verbotten.

  12. Angry Beaver says:

    Reper sleeper:
    Hunting season here isnt till early fall. seasons are as followed for northern Alberta.
    The province is divided into what is called WMU(wildlife management unit)
    Sectioning off the Rockies the plains the desert the boreal forest.
    100 to 280 WMU covers most of southern alberta (Calgary) and south. the 300 to 400 covers north to about Edmonton. To Calgary 500 cover most of the northern Alberta. I live on the cusp of 350-450.
    Our primitive weapons season opens as early as late August this includes atlatales spears muskets ect. Archery season starts about the same time. Rifle season is November 7 don’t matter where you hunt.
    Deer moose elk sheep black bear you can hunt as late as January 5 in some areas.

  13. Daniel Houseworth says:

    I will no longer visit this website.

    You are censoring comments.

  14. “When the SHTF you can’t say we didn’t warn you.”

    Orwell’s book was a warning. Orwell was well informed and knew what was coming.

    I don’t know his intentions. Was he a hero who should be admired for telling us; or, was he one of them, just doing his part so that they could blame their victims for not heading the warning. As if there was anything we could do to stop it anyway.

    Well, we can at least minimize the destructiveness of this situation in small ways, using cash instead of a card, as much as possible. And work toward living like the Amish, off grid, and self sufficient.

    .

  15. Kevin2 says:

    Orwells books were novels, fiction, a dystopian fantasy that lunatics in power are making real. He wasn’t predicting the future those mad nut cases are making it the future using it as a templet for society.

  16. Off topic. Was just thinking about dogs. Around here they let the problem bears loose. I guess the game commission thinks we need some. The neighbor gets shots of them every week on their trail cams. None here. The dog runs the perimeter and keeps them away. Along with the “killer” black snakes and timber rattlers Let the bears root through the neighbor’s compost and bird feeders. My buddy keeps them all on the move. Happy father’s day doggie.

  17. Shadow says:

    Evidently, most if my posts have been moderated. So much for free speech, eh shtf? At my age, I’m not going to mince words. All hail the new King (or Queen)!