“a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.” –Jeremy Bentham, designer of the Panopticon.
And he is smart enough to see our environment being transformed into a wall-less psychological prison utilizing Bentham’s principles which work to control both thought and behavior exceedingly well.
Mr. Carter explains;
Part of that class included the concept of the Panopticon – an Orwellian-type idea that the state is always watching you. As I studied, I assumed this “all-seeing” idea was simply the whining of those anti-government types.
I was wrong.
This year I saw the Panopticon firsthand with Gov. Brad Henry’s proposal to supplement the state’s budget by automating the enforcement of vehicle insurance. Instead of having a police officer run your vehicle’s tag number when he pulls you over for a traffic offense, the governor’s proposal would automate the process.
And you’d never know it was happening.
A series of video cameras would be placed around the state that would scan an automobile’s tag numbers and cross-reference them against a database of those people who have insurance. If your car wasn’t on the list, you’d get a ticket.
And the state would get the cash.
The governor’s budget estimates the proposal would generate about $95 million in revenue; of course privacy is another issue.
While I understand the need to protect citizens and the desire to make our roads safe, it worries me that every motorist is presumed guilty of an offense until their tag number is cross-referenced against an unknown database on a computer in some distant location.
It also concerns me that the state is always looking over my shoulder; because the state, since it is a human concept and like those humans who developed it, is flawed.
[. . .]At this point I began to realize the Panopticon isn’t just an idea, but a reality. Whether it’s the little machine that automatically deducts your turnpike toll – while at the same time recording the fact that you were at that exact spot at that exact time – or the idea that the state has dominion over a woman’s eggs, the Panopticon is alive and well in Oklahoma.
Big Brother is here. And he’s living in your house.
Lawmakers are considering ideas to take DNA samples from those simply charged with crimes, while at the same time calling for the elimination of big government. Online merchants watch what you buy and then sell that data to others so they, too, can try to sell you products.
The list goes on and on and on.