Well, Angelos is right on on the surveillance state bit. His economics could use some work. (Though we respect from where he comes.)
We now have a massive surveillance state (and industry), cops, civilian contractors, cameras, domestic drones, police with MRAP vehicles, warrantless searches, no knock raids, domestic online spying, radiation machines at airports, (along with the officially sanctioned grope gauntlet). We woke up and suddenly 1984 was staring us right in the face.
It’s not the sole reason for the low grade warfare we see in Baltimore by any stretch. The city has been a disaster – I’d say on par with Detroit in many ways – for decades. There are probably tens of thousands in the city addicted to heroin. So there’s more than just the surveillance state driving the insanity in city. There’s the drug war too. Not that the 2 don’t dovetail, a lot.
Regardless of the nuances of the upheaval, the below article is interesting because a very prominent business leader is talking about the surveillance state openly. That is a good thing.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”