Authored by William Robert Barber
Allegedly purposed to curtail illegal activities, with every crisis — whether it is drug trafficking, organized crime, money laundering, Jihadist inspired terrorism, or specific directives issued by a federal agency — individual liberties and privacy rights are abated disproportionately and somewhat surreptitiously,
The cause for diminishment of America’s tradition of individuality is premised, tokened, and marketed for acceptance as a necessary evil. This action, determined and managed by federal authorities, has forced the inverse meaning of liberty. Wherein liberty was defined as individual in substance and scope, today, liberty is defined as what benefits the collective good.
We Americans have lost, traded, or given away not only our (if only traditional) rights to privacy; but also the convenience of anonymity has vanished. One’s privacy is controlled by those we know and those we do not know, without our permission and often without our knowledge; our image is stored and disseminated. These days secrets are rare. Social media has ubiquitously replaced the once limited dissemination of rumors, innuendos, and outright lies. When blaming the loss of one’s privacy of course technology is the culprit. But it’s technology in the hands of government that is (for me) most disconcerting.
The central government and a multitude of other governments within the United States are so coercively powerful that fear of governmental power is now a natural phenomenon. The ambiguities of statutory laws imbedded within the plethora of regulatory rules and guidelines when accompanied with a fear of government’s overwhelming power creates a citizenry of enigmatic disregard.
Two of the branches of the federal government are so adrift in the amok of “the process” that bewilderment rules. The average citizen functioning with common means is more an “object to manage” than an individual person. The Marxian concepts of collectivism though don’t necessarily dominate within America’s sociopolitical sphere of cause and effect has suppressed the acceptance of exceptionalism as an American virtue. Existentialism, rationalism, and empiricism are — as with the Judeo-Christian principles of faith – no longer ubiquitously defined as “being an American.”
The growth of government, the complexities of its laws, the ambiguity of governmental process, and all the unaccountable intangibles that keystone the underpinning of a free society is at risk of impairment. Those Americans living in the middle and in between have developed a benign malignant disquiet, a sort of disbelieve in what might be possible. A sardonic attitude for those better off has eclipsed the bygone American belief that one can better one’s life through hard work and determination. The loss of privacy does not mean that such a loss is displaced by a transparency of truthfulness or verity. It does mean that government power is only sustained by growing.