Techno tyranny...
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Last week’s Times-Independent featured syndicated columnist Rich Lowry lecturing us on how we should accept “our robot future” and the drones that come with it. Not that I put much stock in Mr. Lowry’s opinions. In the past, he has distinguished himself as a cheerleader for government torture and the surveillance society. He quite frankly sounds like a paid propaganda writer.

Of course, drones are currently used by our spy agencies (whoever they are) to intimidate and punish “enemies” in America’s name. Needless to say, we didn’t get to vote on whether we wanted our country to attack people using robots.

Similarly, we will not likely get to vote on whether or not we want “Fukushima Two” erected on the banks of the Green River.

By any real standard, there is little substantive democracy left in The United States. A whiff of looming totalitarianism fouls the air.

And who will be the enforcer for this rapidly developing techno-tyranny? Not your local cops or national guardsmen. They don’t want a dictatorship any more than we do. They are our own people, after all. No, the new face of “the law” is (drum roll, please...) Robbie the Robot! Well, actually, Donald the Drone.

Drones are becoming the weapon of choice for the same gutless global bully (whoever they or it turns out to be) that has corrupted our democracy and tainted the good name of our nation. Now the drones are coming home to roost. But we shouldn’t believe for a second that their primary function is for search and rescue, crop-dusting or those other reasons Lowry and drone apologists like to cite. The primary functions of drones are centralized surveillance and warfare. They are tools for any power wishing to subdue a free people.

Here, at Christmastime, one can only imagine what Jesus would have to say about these machines. Would Jesus tell us that it’s time to accept “our robot future?” Not likely.

We are good people in a tough and unprecedented situation. Let’s stay peaceful, as Jesus did, but also consider what we need to do in order to protect civilization and our democracy.

The Creator gave us freedom. Our forebears believed in that freedom. It feels to me like we dishonor them by remaining silent as a technological prison is built around us.

—Sand Sheff


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