- Slavery. From Africa and the Middle East the concept of slavery was sold to Western Europe. You would think, slavery is very profitable for slave owners, as all the outcome of labor is for their own benefits. But is it? For slaves, life was not good. Little prospects. Likely they kept their head down, but nobody accepts to be a slave. As a slave, you will never work as hard as you would if it was your own business. And very likely, as a slave you would never work as hard as you would when you would be earning money… to go home to your house, partner, children, life.
- In communism, entire countries were reduced to slavery. It resulted in less labor productivity of the masses and a lot of inefficiencies in economic planning. Communism continued, as the system itself (the government officials) wanted to continue. Why? Countries would have prospered more, with labor forces in a free life. They produce better and work longer, as laborers have a more worthwhile life themselves. This is likely even more so for entrepreneurs and higher classes. Most people like to add value. Perhaps only professions that benefit from a sheltered work life benefit from communism or another form of full control: e.g. science, authorship, infrastructural projects. They though communism would work, as they told all the people the state was there for the people. Massive communication to tell the people of the “greater good for the working class”. The greater good. Workers paradise. It is of course a lie.
- Now we are in the area (arena?) of mass surveillance. With all the media infrastructure developed in the past decades, their dream arises again. Can we control people fully through media (mass media and social media), while they work as hard as if they were free human beings? 1984. But the next level. The global elite is more concerned about control than anything. With enough hidden undercover agents on the streets, you can control every life, by monitoring everyone continuously digitally. But again, it is not good for the individual’s well-being. Control just is not. It will lead to misery and passive behavior. When the controllers spend that much time monitoring you, as a worker you are better off spending more energy on monitoring your surroundings, to avoid being trapped in something. It is simply dangerous to focus fully on your own work. It is dangerous to work hard.
Will they ever learn?
This is what many philosophers warned us about for many decades. But governments do not listen to them. Instead they present this “philosopher” who pretends to think or care. Any serious philosopher would question the (dubious) implications of the self-driving car. The Western world is built on ownership, equal rights for all, and responsibility for own action. Software you do not fully understand is taking over the drivers responsibility for a car you own? Philosophical speaking and legally, more issues arise.
Perhaps, all the technology developed for consumers to increase access to social media, was developed with this controlling goal in mind. The whole world has internet and a mobile phone. Security camera’s everywhere, even in developing countries. And the way they talk about it makes clear, they are monitoring us, storing our data, and using that. This development is not good for human rights. And clearly, they do not care at all.