The Behemoth Prism program, under which the Federal NSA snoops on essentially all the phone calls and web activity of all Americans, is operated for the ostensible purpose of protecting us from Moslem terrorist plots developing on American soil. We do indeed need to counter the threat of terrorism within our borders. But there would be no such terrorism in the first place – or, at least, very little – if there were no Moslems in North America. What it amounts to, then, is that our governors are keeping track of everything Americans say electronically *so that* they can keep welcoming Moslems to this country with open arms – and keep alive the threat of Moslem terrorism. The program is needed so that the program can be kept needful.
Would the Prism program exist if there were no Moslems in North America, or therefore any Moslem terrorism? Of course. It’s just that in that case our overseers would be forced to trot out some other rationale for its existence; war with EastAsia, perhaps, rather than with NearEastAsia.
The reality is that all our conversations are tracked because they can be, and because knowledge is power, and because comprehensive knowledge is total power. And any power other than the power of the Beast is an essential threat to his very existence, as evidence of valid and alluring alternatives to his proposals, that might therefore sap his battlements. A totalizing power – which is to say, any power not constrained by an inward apprehension of the Limit imposed by Justice under Heaven – must by its nature destroy all other powers. So Leviathan, the servant of Moloch, must seek out and annihilate all other authority where, when or whatsoever.
This website, then, exists because it is allowed to exist. For the time being, at least, it either serves the interest of Leviathan, or is immaterial to his designs.
I prefer to think it is the latter. It is hard to see how it could be otherwise. I hope further that the reason we here are not factors material to the project of Leviathan is that we represent a salient in human affairs orthogonal thereto, that might – like hobbits – be too odd and humble to warrant his notice, yet spell his bane. God send it may be so, and grant us courage in the hour of darkness at the end of all things.
Some eagles would be good, too.