…we live a police state.
Privacy and anonymity don’t exist inside of them. If you wish to measure the degradaton of the American people, consider how they all know they live inside a fully controlled police state, and how little it bothers them.
One needs privacy in order to use freedom of speech (FOS). America’s founders know that to challenge the elites of any time and place involves risk. No one is going to speak out unless they have protection.
Privacy and anonymity are that protection. With those, we can use FOS and avoid retaliation. Without them, one is a sitting duck; at the “mercy” of a government which runs torture camps.
FOS without anonymity has deadly consquences.
There’s an old Chinese communist story. When it was first established, The Party would set up meetings in rural areas. You’re free to say anything you like, and make suggestions. That’s what they said, at least.
The Party sent spies to those meetings. Those spies paid anyone foolish enough to talk a visit later that night. They’d kill the speakers and leave the bodies to be found in the morning. The message was sent.
Anonymity, FOS and the 2nd amendment all go together. The founders KNEW America would fall. They tried to leave us some weapons, in case all else failed.
Taking stock of our armory, we find privacy is mostly gone. Nothing electronic can be trusted anymore. FOS only works on a small portion of the population.
Guns and bullets still work, but finding the right target to shoot is hard. So hard, that most cops and soldiers don’t know who to shoot today in order to secure their liberty. It seems that to set up a shot, and get away with it, without government protection, is nearly beyond human ability.