The Coming Authoritarianism.

luka

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John Eden said there are only two possible futures-

1. Facism

2. Authoritarian Capitalism

I've said I think authoritarianism is being rolled into place in anticipation of the effects of global warming before.

So, what will it look like, this bright future of ours? Look into your crystal ball. Prognosticate.
 

luka

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Very soon society will go cashless and all transactions will be monitored and recorded. This may well go hand in hand with UBI and social credit.
 

luka

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Incriminating material from Internet histories will be weaponised against any would be insurgents and where that material does not exist it will be forged.
 

luka

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Surveillance and tracking systems currently used to control workers and prisoners under house arrest universalised.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
Centralisation of the media, vicious attacks on any media outlet perceived to be independent. Gerrymandering to ensure a Tory government for ever. Competitive authoritarianism.

A lot of Viktor Orban's playbook.
 

Corpsey

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Technology is developed to combat the effects of climate change, end world hunger and diseases up to and including cancer.

CAN'T WAIT! :cool:
 

luka

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Centralisation of the media in reality while retaining the appearance of plurality would be my guess. Fears around fake news being used to purge the Internet of dissenting voices.
 

Corpsey

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The Internet is an interesting one, cos its an instrument of control and I don't think they could ever conceivably get rid of it, and yet its also to an extent uncontrollable.

Which is to say that the Powers that Be must love it but also hate it.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
More ideas borrowed from Putin on that score I'd reckon. Create confusion, bury the truth. Anti-liberal witch-hunts, of which the attacks on the BBC will be the start
 

DannyL

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I don't have time rn to write an extended response but this is Syria is so important. It's a horrific human tragedy, yep, but also it's a model for the international policing of dissent.

BTW anyone who reads this, give some money to people in Idlib, today. What's happening right there, today, is horrific.
 

luka

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Did anyone read cities under siege? It's good on the way technology and strategies developed to control a conquered, subjugated civilian population (the book focuses on Fallujah in Iraq and on the Palestinians of the occupied territories) ends up being used against us.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
Reading about Idlib now, Danny - that's horrific. what relief org has the best reputation for getting supplies there?
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
not read cities under siege, but read a reasonable amount about military strategies being redeployed in civilian contexts
 

DannyL

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No but cheers for tip.

We will see/are seeing strategies for domestic authoritarianism tested on immigrants and POC first, of course.
 
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