Statism, the religion which sometimes passes for secular socialism/crony capitalism/fascism is about the collective. It is about control of the collective. It is about creating a hive mind in many respects.
And if one strays from the hive, if one thinks for oneself, one suddenly becomes an enemy of the hive. Soon after the dissident is vanquished and the swarm swarms on.
China is about the hive, not the bee. And the same might be said for this country if we are not very careful.
(From The Daily Beast)
Like the 2002 film Minority Report, China wants to fight crimes before they happen. They want to know they’ll happen before they’re planned—before the criminal even knows he’s going to be part of them. Bloomberg Business reported that the Communist Party “has directed one of the country’s largest state-run defense contractors, China Electronics Technology Group, to develop software to collate data on jobs, hobbies, consumption habits, and other behavior of ordinary citizens to predict terrorist acts before they occur.”
The Chinese government wants to know about everything: every text a person sends, every extra stop they make on the way home. It’s designed for dissidents, but it means that they’ll know every time a smoker buys a pack of cigarettes, how much gas a car owner uses, what time the new mom goes to bed, and what’s in the bachelor’s refrigerator.
It’s a scary thought, especially when you consider that the main target of Chinese pre-crime efforts wouldn’t be “terrorists,” murderers, rapists, or child molesters, but rather dissidents of every shape and size.