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Frightening quote from Zbigniew Brzezinski


"The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities." – Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era......

Sure, academics like to make up fancy words like "technetronic." But ol' Zbig did call his shot, didn't he? And the frightening thing?

The date: 1970.

And the Altair, the first truly mass market personal computer, wasn't sold until 1975 (and in kit form, too).

Zbig is an elite player, has been for years. So take his views as a proxy for conventional wisdom in whatever elite faction he adheres to, and it looks like the surveillance state has incubating in the body politic for many years. The Predator finally burst out in the Bush years, and then Obama helped it mature. That's a little disquieting.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

he figured out early that he couldn't beat them, so he decided to join 'em instead.

Submitted by Hugh on

Brzezinski was a Cold War Warrior and was, I think, reacting against what he was seeing in Eastern Europe. But this early statement is typical of a lot of inversion we see nowadays. Democrats condemning Republican practices when they are out of office and embracing them when they are in office. Brzezinski warning about Communist surveillance states and likely having far fewer problems with their modern corporatist state counterparts.