👉 👉 👉 Beware the push by those on the Left 𝗔𝗡𝗗 the Right who preach biometrics, facial recognition, and other intrusive technologies in the name of increased security and safety.
Remember that what you trade to gain that supposed security and safety is your personal anonymity and freedom.
While elitist authoritarians will argue that if you are not a criminal and have nothing to hide, these intrusive technologies won't harm you because 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗬 will not use them against you ...
Recall that Mao Tse Tung said the very same thing when he began the the 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻, also termed the Hundred Flowers Movement (Chinese: 百花齐放).
It was a period from 1956 to 1957 in the People's Republic of China during which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) encouraged citizens to 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 of the Communist Party.
Following the failure of the campaign, CCP Chairman Mao conducted an 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 on those who criticized the party, which continued through 1959. Many were sent to their deaths or to long-term forced labor camps.
In other words, the authoritarian will tell you - "𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙤𝙛! 𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙠! 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙤𝙢!"
But if you exercise it, beware. Now they know who you are, and they're coming after you.
You say that could never happen in the West? Remember that 𝗚𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆'𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 was once considered "The West," too. And while the Nazis were not Communists, their authoritarian and nightmarish behavior was hardly different in the end.
And if 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 people had had access to biometrics, facial recognition, and more ... in the 1930s, 50s, and 60's ... imagine how much 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗘 horrible those periods of history might have been.
We must not allow the governments of so-called free peoples to fall into 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 any more than they already have - and we must fight to reclaim the liberties that have already been lost.
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A) MacFarquhar, Roderick. 1960. The Hundred Flowers. pp. 3
B ) Hundred Flowers Campaign." Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 24 July 2020.See less
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