Spying on everyone: “America is Not a Location” – From Piper Bayard

This an important issue: the collection of vast amounts data on citizens who are suspected of nothing. And Australia, Canada, Britain, and cooperate with the US in this. If you haven’t heard of it, Google the “five eyes agreement.”

Bayard & Holmes

By Piper Bayard

America is not a location. America is an ideal. It is the dream of a country in which freedom is paramount, and it is secure because the government is the servant of the people.

Because America is an ideal, Americans are not born. Rather, America, itself, must be born anew with each generation. Each generation has the choice of embracing the American ideal of a government that answers to the people, or of rejecting that ideal in favor of a more paternalistic system of government.

Actual photo of ideal elected American official at work. Actual photo of ideal American government at work.

When the government spies on us with everything from street corner cameras to warrantless searches of random individuals to collection and analysis of our every electronic transmission and phone communication, we are no longer the masters, and the government is no longer our servant. It is our ruler. It is a parent searching our…

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Differing methods of deciding what’s true

Here is an excellent video by Stephen Fry about different ways by which people claim to “know” what’s true. He talks bout scientific method: formulating a hypothesis,  conducting experiments, and testing the results against the theory. Other people claim to know things by visions, or the contents of holy books written thousands of years ago. Some of these claim that the sun revolves around the earth, which we now know to be false.  Have a look at Fry’s arguments for science as the best way of discovering knowledge about the real world.

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