I haven’t sold anything on eBay in a long time, although a number of years ago I did. I like eBay, or the concept of it at least, before it got so greedy. It was like a coast-to-coast garage sale. If you couldn’t find something anywhere else, you might still find it there. And the price would be fair, or at least (mostly) market determined. Finally, however, changes in their fee structure made it hard to be profitable as a seller, unless your cost of goods was essentially zero. At that point you were basically splitting your profit with them. That’s messed up, but I will save my thoughts on that for another time.
Here is where all this was going…
I recently received a notice from eBay to update the personal info on my account in order to ‘help them protect me’. Now I’m cool with updating my password, since it was originally created in 2001. In computing terms this was forever ago. What I perhaps thought was a cute password 16 or 17 years ago is now ridiculously simple, assuming I take access to my account very seriously at all. So there’s that, but it was more… and it exceeded anything to do with eBay.
It stuck in my mind, “help us protect you,” and although I had already changed my password a few weeks ago, it made me think of a larger picture.
It was a reminder that slavery is always sold as protection. Whether it is airport scanners, reading your emails, groping your children while you watch, training you and them to be sheep — especially them, since they watch you acquiesce to it — all in the name of being “safe”… safe, like a sheep is safe.
This is all theater, and always was. Yet it’s been remarkably effective. No one questions. Time proceeds, until no memories are left at all of what incredibly wonderful places were airports… and subways, bus and train stations, and any other place where humans met and congregated, exchanging their humanity in good faith.
“Baaa,” is the new battle cry, but it’s more than that, it’s conditioning. Getting you to accept these violations of your rights willingly, like sheeps do… and slaves. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “Those who trade their liberty for security deserve neither.”
Maybe you think this is all so much bluster… but please, at least think about it.
Have a good day.
originally posted to spacebook on 2018-01-25