Front-line education blog added to list


David Davis

Here. Do go read all his stuff, it will scare you even more than what I write here.

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2 responses to “Front-line education blog added to list

  1. With reference to what is written on the site (http://frontlineeducation.blogspot.com/) as relates to general freedom:

    The danger is not so much the collective but that an individual opinion controls the collective. Centralised, unified control is the problem.
    In Alexander de Tocqueville’s time I read that the same stuff was happening then as now: “Soft despotism does not “tyrannize, it gets in the way: it curtails, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupefies, and finally it reduces each nation to nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

    So if it was happening 150 years ago and we are still relatively free, what’s the problem?
    They did not, of course, have the technology. The sheer capacity for control now makes it inevitable. Computer based ID control with the ability to keep tabs on most everything that moves, DNA identity lock on, cameras and other sensory devices, and centrally controlled opinion forming to mould the masses: CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC World, etc, all conforming to a more or less agreed agenda (there’s still a way to go!)
    Again, it’s not the collective so much as the centralization of ability to control all this technology. No spontaneous check and balances. The free market of thought. When de Tocqueville was around the village 10 miles away was regarded much as we would now regard a foreign country.
    America from France was like Mars from Earth, except you could breathe the air. So he, or anyone else, could afford to be wrong a good bit of the time and not endanger things too much. The danger of the now “technologically empowered collective” is that any individual who believes that he is right and is sufficiently charismatic, such as Hitler or Stalin or Mussolini, or any other more modern figure that one might think of, has the way now open to realise what he believes is true and right.
    I think it is probably a very clear and present danger.

  2. J Berrisford

    As the author of the original piece I would like to thank you for your comment. Indeed, the Alexis de Tocqueville remarks are fascinating, given that he is addressing how human nature impacted upon government in the eighteenth century. You are right to point out how technology may make us all even more subjugated. However, blogs and dialogues such as this also show that technology has the power to give publicity to dissenting voices and to act as an opposition. Once again, thank you for commenting.