Friday, March 23, 2007

Big Brother Is Watching


There is a certain tendency among my libertarian friends to view technology as an instrument of decentralization and a means of undermining the power of the state. But technology can also be used to harness information which can be wielded by the state for an array of nefarious reasons.

I stumbled across this article recently from the Daily Mail. The British government is reaching for sweeping power to monitor the home life of every child in Great Britain. "Details of school performance, diet and even whether their parents provide a 'positive role model'" would be kept in a database which could willy-nilly be searched by police, social workers, teachers and doctors.

Where are the Christians? Here in the cradle of English-speaking Christian civilization is an idolatrous state, seeking to undermine and subvert parental and familial power. What greater example could be found of a state using the instruments of modern technology in pursuit of omniscience, with the ultimate goal of total control?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel Ritchie said...

'Where are the Christians?' stuck in the Calvinistic Cloister.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

I didn't know there were any Calvinists left in the UK.

Keep writing great posts, Daniel, and perhaps a few of them will wake up.

11:57 AM  

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