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Qu'on me donne six lignes écrites de la main du plus honnête homme, j'y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre. --Cardinal Richelieu

English translation for people who don't understand French:

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

Which suggests that it's not the surveillance that's the problem, it's that if the decisionmaker is an idiot, there's nothing that can save you (yes, killing people because of politics is total, counterproductive idiocy, even if it doesn't seem as it from within the system).

EDIT: seriously. This quote most definitely doesn't mean people should stop writing out of fear of execution.

It's frustrating how many people are preparing to carefully live in hell, rather than working to head the whole thing off.

I don't know. I'm still not convinced that what most here would consider "heading the whole thing off" would really result in a better world. If, on the other hand, instead of playing around with surveillance we embraced the lack of (expectation of) privacy altogether, went with in full-steam, we could probably get used to it and move forward as a society, reaping the benefits of society-level data analysis.

I'm not sure about this, but I haven't heard that many serious arguments against to offset the potential benefits. I think we either have to go all-in or all-out; hesitation and aiming for middle ground will give too much power to wrong actors while leaving the society powerless.

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