The Hill’s Pundits blog: Big Brother is bipartisan

Brent Budowsky at The Hill:

The great coming issue is privacy. The great sucking sound you hear is government and business wanting to know what you write in e-mails, what condoms you purchase at the pharmacy, what books you read in the library and what credit cards you use at the store. Privacy is the issue that should unite [P: 1988 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate] Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) while bringing together Matt Drudge and Frank Rich.

Google is one of the great inventions of modern history. But do you want anyone willing to pay and the government that wants to watch what you have Googled or searched for on the Internet? This is a great debate that needs to happen.

Big Brother is bipartisan. The great hunger for your private information comes from the feds under Bush and Obama, from Democrats and Republicans, from business that wants to know everything you buy, from government that wants your e-mails and phone calls in the name of fighting terrorism and campaign managers that want your private information to target their political propaganda.

The article goes on to say,

Big Brother is bipartisan. Big Brother is everywhere. Big Brother is dangerous.

This would be a great moment for libertarian conservatives and civil libertarian liberals to join together for a serious discussion about the Big Brother state and the dangers it poses to us all.

3 thoughts on “The Hill’s Pundits blog: Big Brother is bipartisan

  1. d.eris

    Though this is indeed an important issue that doesn’t get nearly enough attention, in the typical fashion of the duopolist ideologue, the author argues that Big Brother is bi-partisan, but then his solution is MORE BIPARTISANSHIP!

    Uh, no. Sorry. The solution is real political and social opposition to the police state and the surveillance society. Unfortunately, however, many Americans desire a stronger police state and a more expansive surveillance society.

  2. Dale Sheldon-Hess

    The only congressmen I can think of right now who might care about this at all is Bernie Sanders; and I’m not even sure he cares. (Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that he also the only member of congress who is a member of a third party.)

    It’s not like there are Rs and Ds who care about this, but aren’t pushing it because it’s not a priority for their party. There is simply no elected R or D who cares about this at all, and I’m unaware of any currently running in a primary or against an incumbent opponent who cares either. There is no one there to build a coalition from.

    Hold on… doesn’t IPR follow the Pirate Party? Because this is (a less-well-known) part of their platform.

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