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The children are fine, with government surveillance.

This according to poll of the libertarian CATO Institute, according to reports Campus reform earlier this month. Nearly 3 in 10 Americans in the 18- to 29-year-old cohort said they favored installing government cameras in private residences with the stated purpose of reducing “domestic violence, abuse and other illegal activities”. This generation, to which I belong, was twice as likely as the rest of the population to support the idea; only 14% of respondents overall said they would support it.

CATO’s findings also coincided with Amazon settling a nearly $6 million Federal Trade Commission complaint about Ring security cameras being used to spy on homeowners. The FTC found that Ring used customers’ camera footage to train algorithms without their consent. One employee used it to enjoy his own personal voyeur show of women in their rooms and bathrooms, until another employee stopped him. Worse, the FTC found that Ring’s internal security protocols were so lax that hackers were able to breach users’ accounts and access their stored videos, or even harass them using the two-way communication feature .

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Besides a dizzying tightrope over a Third Amendment chasm, if giant corporations are so negligent as to let perverts and con artists into your video doorbells, who really thinks federal government will it do better The same feds whose big hits in the last decade include the NSA mass surveillance scandalspying on Donald Trump as both candidate i presidentresearching parents a school board meetings and trying to cultivate sources of intelligence Catholic churches?

But I am not surprised by these figures. My generation grew up in the long house. Popularized by right-wing Twitter after L0m3z, the Longhouse analogy depicts American society trading individual freedom for safety and comfort; and surveillance is a key part of Longhouse operation. More of my peers choose to participate in Longhouse society, consenting to surveillance, simply because we were raised.

For starters, my generation has been totally desensitized to mass surveillance. Most of us weren’t politically aware when Edward Snowden or Wikileaks were big news. Moreover, this is a cohort that has turned the kind of surveillance exposed by Snowden and Wikileaks into one meme. There are thousands of memes about our personal FBI agents peering through our phones and webcams, knowing intimately about our lives. We romanticize to spy (sometimes literally). The Longhouse Mother never lets a child out of her sight, but the children love her because she protects them. Similarly, many of us accept mass surveillance because we assume it protects us.

We’ve also devalued privacy, actually, for us, because of social media. We freely give our thoughts, our relationships, our lives, and even our bodies for the whole world to see. In the longhouse and online, every part of you, even yourself, belongs to everyone.

In fact, privacy has been cruelly sacrificed on the altar of security. From the campus speech codes i cancel the culture to the militant neurosis of the covid pandemic, safety, especially emotional safety, is sacrosanct. Mom is a helicopter parent. The prospect of the State putting an end to “abuse” and “illegal activity” must be attractive to security fanatics. And what do these words mean? To the people who believe that “hate speech is not free speech”, whatever they want. In a regime of mass surveillance, the cancellation mob can find, expose and destroy you wherever you are. There is nowhere to hide from the Longhouse Mother. In the surveillance state, there is nowhere to hide from the Security.

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I also have to imagine that many of the people in favor of government cameras think they would be watching. Of course, thanks to the radical commitment of our government fairness i FROM, they are probably right. In the Long House, the children are ready to one day take the Mother’s place. Our already leftist bureaucracy is grooming other leftists to continue their project when the old bureaucrats are gone.

No wonder my generation is more in favor of mass surveillance. The good news is that while 3 out of 10 of us agree with this, the other 7 out of 10 don’t. But that minority is probably Longhouse’s favorite non-binary children, the fanatics of securitism and left-wing ideology in general. If we want to avoid living in a mass surveillance state run by less than a third of the population, my generation must escape the Long House. We must reclaim our bodies, our personal lives, and ourselves. If we don’t, surveillance will be the least of our worries.


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