a reply to: and14263
Absolutist paradigms are what power in the world, both ancient and modern, have been built upon, and are responsible in my view, for far more of the
hardships and inequalities inherent in government systems, than are any other factor affecting the geopolitical situation as it stands today.
To take my own nation as an example, I imagine that there are those out there who have bought Cameron's idiotic bluff, regarding encryption
technologies. They will have swallowed the idea, that if we want to be secure in our persons, that we must relinquish our privacy, and that refusing
to do so aids terror, or worse yet, is an indicator of support for it. Of course nothing could be further from the truth, because examining the reason
for his suggestion of banning civilian level encrypted communications will reveal some obvious fallacies, not least of which regard the fact that
terror organisations who have recently been active in Europe are not USING any such service or communications technology, to communicate. They use
instead, far more rudimentary techniques, presumably because they are aware of how closely the governments of European countries monitor the users of
They use instead basic methods, like using burner phones, and sending apparently harmless messages, with unassuming code words in them, the meaning
of which are known only to those sending and receiving the messages. This means that although they can be read, they cannot be comprehended by any
other than the sender and intended recipient. This is nothing LIKE encryption, just simple tradecraft from the old days of spying and espionage. These
are BASIC tools.
So, in fact we in the UK do not need to give up our privacy in order to have security, because in this case, giving up our privacy will avail us of
no further security than we have at the moment, never mind the fact that security is not worth having unless we can have some privacy to enjoy it
Absolutist agendas like these, are cancerous, toxic in the extreme, and polarise situations. In many circumstances affecting the world stage at the
moment, they serve only to FURTHER a pre-existing tension, to ratchet up that tension and bind people ever closer to one extremist point of view or
another. It is an effective, and evil tool, which drives wedges between demographics in society, and prevents reason from being HEARD let alone
edit on 28-1-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error removed.