Suzanne Moore in the Guardian suddenly realizes – holy shit – we live in an authoritarian global state. And I yawn.

In 2009 I sat on a panel with Vince Cable at the cross-party Convention on Modern Liberty. Cable told us that a recession could provide the preconditions for fascism. Gosh, I thought, that’s a bit strong. Then the recession hit and austerity became the narrative that subsumed all debates about freedom. No one poor is free, and it is no coincidence that the poor are the most snooped on of all.

When states monitored their citizens we used to call them authoritarian. Now we think this is what keeps us safe | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

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