I’ve been thinking about that question in light of recent events. Is America a…
- Surveillance State?
- Police State?
- Fascist State?
- All of the above?
I think I’d have to go with D.
Surveillance state? Ever since we discovered that AT&T and other companies assisted the NSA in warrantless surveillance of our international phone calls… or maybe since the FBI started attaching GPS devices secretly to people’s cars without bothering to obtain a warrant first… or maybe from the time the FBI (again) started hammering librarians for individual users’ circulation records… aw, hell, pick any one, or two, or three… we’ve been a surveillance state at least since then.
Police state? I suppose that’s been brewing for a while, but it has become far more visible in incidents of police violence against the Occupy movement… yet another bit of knowledge provided to us by Occupy members at great personal cost to themselves.
Fascist state? Face it: since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporations own the whole damn place… bye-bye democracy.
Well, at least now you know: We live in a surveillance-supported police-controlled fascist/corporatist state.
Have a nice day! [/snark]
ASIDE: DO NOT use the same Google search window for more than one query! Google tracks the previous question as well as the one you asked this time. Yes, I can see the reason they may want to do that: people tend to enter a succession of related questions, and the prior-question information doubtless helps their search engine learn what kinds of things to prefetch. But do you really want that kind of info being accumulated somewhere? Even if you trust Google, what if, say, a US House committee chaired by say, P. King or D. Issa subpoenaed all of Google’s search records? It’s worth the trouble: close the browser window and open another one before you do another search. This is particularly important when you are constructing a search URL to use in your blog. For example, hover over the link “police violence against the Occupy movement” above and notice that the search string pertains to that and only that. Believe me, when I first did it, the string was much, much longer and included at least one of my prior search strings.