I read an article that discusses the idea of how a global economic crash could distract people long enough to start WWIII.
I don't necessarily agree with the outcome in this article, but it brings up some valid points: If people are devastated and poor, they are demoralized--there won't be an uprising if people are scrounging for food and just trying to survive. The idea of a totalitarian / authortarian government is scary, but it's practically here.
The government already has a backdoor into everything that you do. They can see your text messages and call logs by requesting a copy from your service provider. E-mail can be easily tracked and read. Websites have gotten wise to the cookie and spyware blockers and often won't load unless you allow them to install what they want to install. There are cameras all over the place--speed cameras, red light cameras, toll booth cameras and also tracking through services such as EZ-Pass. Marketers and gov't can easily look at your spending habits. Most people are indentured servants, living on credit and having to work their asses off 'til they are ready to die to pay off loans and interest rates. Rights keep getting taken from us because of supposed terrorists. RFID chips are in credit cards, bank cards, and passports now. Not to mention the new Orwellian smart TVs coming out with facial recgnition. How long before facial recognition is mandatory? How long before we have to do what the TV says (read 1984 if you don't know what I am talking about)?
How much shit are people going to take before the collective we flips off the Institution? How long before we realize that rights aren't rights if they can be taken away? They are only priveledges. No one should have to ask for rights or fight for rights. Can't we respect one another enough to move beyond such nonsense?
Anyway...what do you think--are we heading for WWIII or do you think we will create a new government that actually works toward progress?