I wish your point of view was better heard than all the nuts out there
Keep at it, please.
Are you talking to me? On the chance that you are, I'll write the following. If not, please feel free to ignore.
An example of the gradual ceding of liberties that we collectively seem to be happy about ceding to government that is a hot button issue to me is surveillance cameras. It bothers the hell out of me to the core, and more than that, what bothers the hell out of me is that very few persons (I can't think of one at the moment who has shared my concern) I've spoken to in person or corresponded with on message boards even care about it.
In particular, with real life friends and acquaintances, at various times for about 15 years now I have discussed the proliferation of surveillance cameras in public schools, particularly in high schools and middle schools. I think to a person, those who have engaged me on the topic, especially those who are parents with school-age children, have not acknowledged the privacy issues raised by state-sponsored video surveillance in compulsory school. My concerns have been universally met with shrugs or with puzzlement that I seem to disregard the safety of their kids. Parents seem to take it as a given that the installation and monitoring of such cameras is a good thing
, as it helps them feel like their kids are safer at school.
Yeah, but what about the kids? How do they feel about them? That question seems to be irrelevant or even hostile to the parents when I pose it.
I pose it from the perspective of my memories of my own public high school. When I went to school there were no cameras or police or any kind of surveillance of kids in high school other than the principal (whom we almost never saw unless you actually went to his office) and two assistant principals, one of whom I might have seen once a week or so, usually in the cafeteria. Their security roles were exercised and felt seldom, maybe once a month or so, usually in the form of learning someone got suspended for 3 days for getting caught with a joint in the smoking court (yeah, there was an officially sanctioned area for smoking by teens in high school which today would horrify this generation of parents, despite their possibly having one in their own high schools when they were there). It's unimaginable to me what our daily activities in the hallways between classes and during breaks and lunch would have been like under the watchful eyes of cameras. Picturing actual police officers assigned to our school as is common today is absurd to me. I lament that students today live with those intrusions as the norm. I think I would prefer the anarchy of the hallways of yore, but we'll never know.
I'm also horrified by the general acceptance of and regarding as a non-issue of literally millions of surveillance cameras in the UK. Few persons seem to feel like they are intrusive, and it seems like most are in favor of them, as the cameras make them feel safer from terrorists. Orwell must be spinning in his grave.