Inverted totalitarianism, in contrast, while exploiting the authority and resources of the state, gains its dynamic by combining with other forms of power, such as evangelical religions, and most notably by encouraging a symbiotic relationship between traditional government and the system of “private” governance represented by the modern business corporation. The result is not a system of codetermination by equal partners who retain their distinctive identities but rather a system that represents the political coming-of-age of corporate power.
==Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Sheldon S. Wolin)
Oh gosh. You know, I’m not much on speeches, but it’s so gratifying to… leave you wallowing in the mess you’ve made. You’re screwed, thank you, bye.
In spite of their differing perceptions of the architecture of the totalitarian superstate and how it exercises power and control over its residents, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley shared a fundamental conviction. They both argued that the established democracies of the West were moving quickly toward a historical moment when they would willingly relinquish the noble promises and ideals of liberal democracy and enter that menacing space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation. Both believed that Western democracies were devolving into pathological states in which politics was recognized in the interest of death over life and justice. Both were unequivocal in the shared understanding that the future of civilization was on the verge of total domination or what Hannah Arendt called “dark times.”
While racial division, massive incarceration, religious apathy, and constitutional quarrels tear at American society at home, another factor is tinkering away to change the face of the USA abroad as the identity of America comes into speculation around the world, specifically in Germany.
According to a recent pew poll, researchers went to Germany to learn the perception of America the German people held. In 2014, 58% of Germans polled felt that the American government still treated its citizens with respect; since that initial poll was taken, the dynamic has shifted towards only 43% of Germans feeling that the US government still respected the rights of the people.
Of the Global Pew Poll as a whole, the top three countries that had a hostile view of the US were Argentina, Russia, and Turkey, which is strange because everyone thought our nation’s hip new theme song would have warmed our geopolitical foes’ hearts….
It’s highly likely your friends could spot you in a crowd, even if your face were obscured or your back turned. Rather eerily, a recent report revealed that your friends aren’t the only ones who can pick you out in a sea of people—Facebook can, too.In fact, Facebook’s algorithms can accurately identify an individual user from among 800 million pictures—in less than five seconds—98% of the time.Using its artificial intelligence lab—a rather Orwellian acquisition for a social media platform—Facebook researcher Yann LeCun wanted to determine if the same algorithms already used for facial recognition could be adjusted to scrutinize other cues. LeCun, an expert in computer vision and pattern recognition who came to Facebook in 2013, explained that identifying cues—like body type or the way a person stands—could be taken into consideration by the technology the way humans already do.“There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back. For example, you can recognize Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt,” he explained.