I suppose that there is somewhere in this grand big old world of ours, a young boy proudly proclaiming that when he grows up, he wants to be a tyrant. Now to desire the occupation of tyrant is one thing, to actually become one is quite another, requiring many sleepless nights thrashing about on ones bed, agonizing about how to place someone else firmly beneath your own powerful thumb!
A thing that often intrigued my young imagination, was the story of Hitler and how he was able to command so great an army and gain nearly everyone's cooperation, even on something as terrible as the extermination of the Jews! How could one solitary man become so powerful? This question led me to pull a book called simply "Mao" from the library shelves and give it a read. If you find yourself with days and days at your disposal sometime, read this 700 page book for yourself. You'll gain insights on levels of manipulation and heartless cruelty you never imagined possible. Mao, by anyone's definition would have to be honestly classed as a tyrant. He earned the title and fully deserves the rot that goes with it, if only a portion of the doings recorded in this book are true. Not many can claim to have killed approx 70 million of their own countrymen during peacetimes. Coercion? A favoured technique of Maos. He'd persuade a colleague to commit a crime such as murder perhaps, and then hold the threat of violent justice over his head for the rest of his life, forcing him to commit whatever further violence he desired and keeping his own name clean in the process. "And many other such things he did."
Now, its 2015 and the human race has so improved itself that nothing like this is going on today. Rulers all over the world, smiling at an adoring public as they cheerfully put their own needs last in their ready pursuits of serving the downtrodden, leading from the bottom up by example, their only motive being love in everything they do. Yeah...?
Well, maybe we're not quite there yet and it'll be another hundred years or so til we all get it right. No? It's getting worse? Well, if you are a tyrant or an aspiring tyrant or even a close friend of one or an adoring fan of a rising one, then these are heady times indeed. Violence is becoming as common and everyday as the deceit that hides it. We can legally murder someone and their family from the sky on the far side of the world before they are aware there is a threat of danger, simply by labeling them "suspected terrorists". No tyrant in all of history could accomplish such a feat! But, along with the technology which makes such achievements possible, comes the inevitable thorn in the side. The internet is like a sort of thrashing animal, just as capable of biting the owner as the villain. It is an uncontrollable thing, now running this way, tomorrow that, totally unpredictable. And spilling disgusting truth everywhere as it goes. The only saving grace for the tyrant, is that the truth it spills is difficult to detect amongst all the lies.
But still... what to do about it? For the political tyrant cannot have all the juicy details of his clandestine deals with arms manufacturers and central bankers posted online with the morning news, for all to see, obviously. The tyrant does his work in darkness and needs to maintain the appearance of a man working for the good of the commoners. For after all, if the public ever realised the level of deceit and violence plotted against them, if they ever began to grasp the truth of the way the leadership views them?? I mean, honestly, the whole thing could fall apart like tissue paper in a driving spring rain! And obviously we cant have that. No tyrant would find it acceptable to go from travelling the globe, feasting off the finest of the land, while producing nothing of value himself, to hanging from a public gallows before an angry screaming crowd...
And so, what to do about the internet? How to rein it in and use it like he uses the media, as it should be used, as a tool of propaganda, promoting the hatred the tyrant requires amongst the public so the backing will be there for the next war and the next regime change in that troublesome little country over there in South America.
The most obvious way into gaining control over the internet is to first create the fear that it is being used for terrorism. But of course, that word is being overused a bit, might need a new one. Now anyway, if the public can be convinced that terrorism can be stopped or slowed by having the government control terrorism, then they will support the legislation which is needed to start the wheels turning, scaring up the funding required to start another bureaucracy like the NSA in the states. Then, all sorts of exciting things become possible. Once we have complete surveillance of the public, and total control of our own military/police force, and the necessary martial law declared, the pesky charter of rights and freedoms is no longer in the way, and anyone the tyrant dislikes can be dealt with freely in secrecy. All for the good of the country, and the children of course!
I don't personally believe, Stephen Harper is or aspires to be a tyrant. But we might want to consider how a future one may choose to use the terrorism legislation now being produced in Ottawa in the form of Bill C-51...
And that is why as someone said, "Only you can prevent big government- Keep it small, keep it confined, and keep an eye on it."