…because they have never used their rights or freedoms. Only dissidents use those.
The average citizen of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union hardly noticed the loss of civil rights at all. As in modern Murka, their primary concern was paying the mortgage, raising their children, or career advancement. It seems to have been true in most police states most of the time.
This is why statements like “privacy is dead” have virtually no effect.
Modern Americans have never been aware of privacy and its role in a free society. They never used it as a weapon and thus never felt the loss.
The only people who need freedom of speech and anonymity are the challengers, those who change society and speak truth to power. Certainly the Founding Fathers understood that anyone challenging the system in place needed anonymity and privacy as protection against government retaliation.
America is a police state here and now – not “approaching” it, not “…in a few years”, today. Beware those who can’t admit it.
We have every feature available – a secret police (the FBI), government surveillance, indefinite detention, torture, the world’s biggest penal system, the most police brutality, an eternal state of war, worship of the police and military, etc etc.
Many today will insist that “privacy is dead.” Privacy is only dead inside fully-functioning police states. The truth is, they instinctively know they lost a great deal of freedom, but they don’t want to do anything about it.