Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The more things change ...

In this essay posted at rawilsonfans.com, Robert Anton Wilson mentions the paranoia that seems to be part and parcel of participating in dissident political activities: "anti-war meetings, anti-segregation meetings, even pot-legalization meetings all had people making nervous jokes about who the government had infiltrated among us to report on our Thoughtcrimes." The essay gloomily concludes that it was difficult for paranoia to keep up with the reality of government snooping.

Technology allows forms of snooping that Wilson did not envision. Here is an article at Wired News about a government trick that was new to me: Planting GPS tracking devices on people's cars, without obtaining a warrant first.

2 comments:

quackenbush said...

not sure which essay you mean... link?

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Sorry. link now posted.