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Sooo mid-twentieth-century

Parliamentary democracy? Sooo mid-twentieth-century. Who needs MPs to say what the people think when we can read their emails, intercept their phone calls, track their movements, analyse who they associate with, and what they read, watch and listen to?

Statewatch and the Transnational Institute have published a report NeoConOpticon on the EU’s “full-spectrum dominance” domestic, corporate and military surveillance project.

Orwell’s 1984 reminded readers in a parliamentary democracy what their future might hold. Now that future is emerging, and his title mocks us. Anxieties about liberty? Sooo mid-twentieth-century.

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