Three crucial readings

Below are three readings plucked from this page: Readings: Lockdown, The ‘New Normal’, The Great Re-set. They focus on vaccine passports and the increasing level of digital surveillance we’re all being increasingly subjected to. Various forms of digital surveillance have been boosted as ‘tools’ to deal with coronavirus. This is something we’ve been trying to warn people about for about a year now. The way a crisis can be leveraged to impose an agenda that will change our lives irrevocably for the worse if we don’t resist.

The window of opportunity to successfully resist this is rapidly narrowing. Being cast by some elements in the anarchist movement as ‘conspiracy theorists’ isn’t helping. All we’re guilty of is trying to get people to see the broader picture of where we’re being dragged to in an increasingly dystopian world.

As ever, comradely debate about the issues raised in these pieces is welcomed. Snarky point scoring and abuse are not welcome…

7 Reasons Why a Vaccine Passport (Pass, Certificate or Whatever They Want to Call It) Should Give Us Pause for Thought – Nick Corbishley | Naked Capitalism | April 13, 2021
Vaccine passports raise huge privacy concerns. Data-hungry companies like Microsoft, a member of the Vaccine Credential Initiative, will be given new opportunities to track our daily movements and activities and share that data with third parties. There are also major concerns about data security. If recent history has taught us anything, it is that no data – no matter how private or precious – is completely secure.

What are they trying to do to us? – Winter Oak | March 29, 2021
Life has become very strange indeed for billions of people since March 2020.
We are no longer allowed to do what we always did, see who we want to see, live freely in the way we fondly imagined we were entitled to do.
Everything has changed. Now we have to check the latest restrictions on our movements and activities. We can’t go to concerts, football matches, pubs or cafés. We are told to avoid other people and to wear masks to cover our faces when we do share the same spaces.
Nobody knows what the future holds for them or their family. Insecurity and anxiety are rife.
To start with, these were supposedly emergency measures, but the weeks turned into months without any end in sight.

On Teapots, Leaderboards and Thingification – Remembering Dr. King – Wrench In The Gears | February 25, 2021
More and more folks do realize something is up. Society, which grooms us to embrace mindless debt-fueled consumption to steal our souls and commercialize our culture, has been walking us ever so slowly towards that “thingification” of which Dr. King so eloquently spoke. The moment the masses no longer have the wherewithal to consume, which is not so far off, the Davos crowd plans to turn the tables. If we’re not careful, we’ll be the ones consumed – as pay for success debt products – by global financiers. Empire turning inward, our lives transformed into animated characters trapped in an inscrutable game of digital surveillance and coded nudges. The field of play will be the spatial web. New and improved with robot police and QR codes!

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