The Libertarian blogger Torybear guest blogs here on the big-brother state:
Now I’m not a regular reader of any local paper but when this little advertisement was drawn to my attention I had to frame a copy. This is a new low in the nanny state’s control over our lives. The similarities between the army of six year old bin monitors being built by Wiltshire Council and the youth wing of the “Thought Police” are unnerving. Without a doubt, a step too far.
1984 was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual. A better man than I said “government is not the answer to our problems, government is the problem” and no truer are these words spoken than when we look at the decays in our freedom that are slowly engulfing every aspect of our lives.
Whatever happened to liberty? Whatever happened to self-control?
Despite the fantastic irony of it, why when I walk past a high street shop do I see CCCP t-shirts in the window and Che Guevara emblazoned across the chests of a brainwashed youth? Why do we celebrate an ideology that evokes massive state controls and influence over our lives rather than celebrate the freedom of a society that allows such an expression of personal views.
This country was built on one ideal – freedom, heck we practically invented the concept so why when throughout our history we have risen up and rejected tyranny, be it from kings or foreign threats, do we now surrender so meekly to the long arm of the law who follow us with a CCTV camera for every 14 citizens, microchips in the bins and 266 separate excuses for the government to enter our private property? The green team and big-brother-bin-men are only the tip of the iceberg. We as a society have turned a blind eye to the fact we are watched on every street corner, monitored with every move.
A government has only the power granted to it by its people, yet each day that passes more arguments are put forward that say the challenges of the modern world can only and should only be met by rule from an elite group of people. The flaw in this argument, however, lies in the fact that if we are not capable to face the world through self-rule and self-ownership, if no one among us is capable of governing ourselves, then who amongst us is capable of governing us all.
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