One feature of the riots not many people are talking about. The peer-to-peer surveillance apparatus that we now have.
For the longest time we’ve been (rightly) scared of the government collecting our data… but with the rise of the riots and counter-protests, proud boys, big igloo crowd, BLM… everyone is either recording or live-streaming everything. We are surveilling each other and that means there is no chance of anonymity anymore.
During these demonstrations people who have goggles and masks on are being (correctly) linked back to their real identities, social media accounts, online “psuedo-anonymous” accounts.
This type of peer to peer surveillance not only makes demonstrating politically dangerous because of private reprisals… it also feeds even more information back to the state. They don’t even have to do the work because the internet sleuths have already put together a 20 photo slideshow of you going back 12 hours linking your every movement from midnight all the way back to when you got our of your car 2 miles away at lunch time.
It’s rather chilling.
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a Free Society