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The War on Privacy

There is a war going on, a war against everything that we believe is desirable. Bureaucrats and politicians and other con men and schemers are attacking our personal privacy. Their excuses nearly always sound convincing. The assault on your privacy is, without exception, proposed and executed in the name of the common good. New and ever more complex fiscal regulations are constantly brought into play to enforce their tax codes so that some pet project can continue to receive its exorbitant budget at public expense.
Day after day we see examples where this blatant abuse and misuse of power is not enough to satisfy the politicians and their armies of self-serving pen pushers. These bureaucrats then turn to using threats, violence and similar heavy handed techniques to achieve some higher goal they themselves have set. A closer inspection reveals that the common good happens to benefit Big Brother and the particular political or ideological ideas of the politicians in power.
When sociologists discuss democracy they invariably talk of the social contract. Listening to them, it sounds as if this social contract is some sort of magic instrument, a cure-all potion or a secret super-weapon that we must all fear and respect. Truth is, no such contract actually exists.

Nevertheless, just as the priests of old used stories of fire and brimstone to send the masses running in fear of the coming inferno, today social manipulators cite the social contract. This social contract states forcefully that we owe some strange sort of dues to society, whatever that is. To make matters worse, we can never pay off this debt, it is the modem day version of the proverbial millstone around your neck.
The social contract is a one-sided scam. In theory, it goes something like this. You were bom into our midst. You share our language and our culture. We taught you what you know (in return for your daddy’s tax dollars, but that’s another story). So, due to this shared past, we hold an IOU on your future. You have an obligation to pay, whether you like it or not, not according to how much you took out, but according to how much you are able to put in. In the social contract, your debt to society has no limit. Furthermore, the social contract does not end there. It also gives the rest of us the right to tell you what you can and cannot do. To cap it all, you were never asked to sign this contract. By virtue of having been bom, you are automatically signatory to this one-sided deal.
Of course, a social contract in the official sense of the word, meaning one actually written down that we could choose to sign or not, is not such a bad idea. In fact, it is probably essential to every truly free society, laying out your rights and obligations and those of your counterpart government, eternal friend and foe. In such a society, victimless crimes would not exist and arbitrary justice would become a thing of the past. Will the politicians and intellectuals ever bother to put in writing exactly what our obligations are? Don’t hold your breath. The people in power understand beyond a shadow of a doubt that if they ever put pen to paper to formulate this social contract, few people, if any, would ever sign it.