Computers, digital services and networks have entered a phase of replacing society as we know it. Through their efficiency, the easiness they provide and the productivity gains they allow, network services take a more and more significant share of overall global economic value. However this transfer does not go with, on their behalf, a fair reinjection of resources into society. Since large network firms have their center of gravity elsewhere, it is therefore this elsewhere which is enriched, while the foreign peripheries, under tutelage, get poorer.
This disintegration will challenge our social model and the fabric of our economy. It is unlikely that our democracy will resist this ordeal. Yet, some kind of political form will have to remain, both to ensure the future of some — and each and every one — but especially to allow the continuation of the transfer process.
Of course, such a policy would require for its design and implementation a premeditated malicious intent, with public and private concerted action at a very high level, that we have difficulty imagining. It is certain, however, that this issue is or will be brought up.
Fencing-in, dictatorship are no longer solutions in our open societies. We must preserve democracy. Well, almost.
Computer monitoring of the behavior of each and every one of us produces such an amount of individual data that it is possible to detect and anticipate rebel behaviors, the propagation of dangerous ideas and even projects of seditious associations threatening the established networks.
If the spotted dissident cannot be gently dissuaded by suggested readings, films and TV series, filtered press articles, new calibrated relations and all sorts of appropriate opportunities, he will be isolated, weakened, diminished, smeared, delegitimized and calmed down one way or another. Just computer tools enable this, smooth and spotless manipulation. A reputation on a search engine, message alterations so that they engender angriness or separation; presences and absences on social networks which discredit and destabilize; documents and data that appear or disappear until going crazy.
If one was to take an estimation of the proportion of members of the Resistance in France during the Second World War – an extreme case of foreign invasion – active subversion will be carried out by at most two percent of the population. One million three hundred thousand people, for France today. Only a small proportion, one percent maybe, will have to be softly removed by an eventual information technology accident, such as a faulty car driving aid; the others, assailed by trifling difficulties, will resolve to return to serenity. Thus approximately twelve thousand people to be eliminated, probably over a few years. This is to be compared to a little over three thousand two hundred deaths a year from road accidents, ten thousand unsolved disappearances each year in France and more than seventy thousand annual deaths from tobacco for France alone.
There will always be elections, political skirmishes and ambitions for reform but nothing, not a thing will challenge the heart of the system of digital domination. Most people will sincerely consider they live in a democracy.
The recalcitrant minority will be withered from the root and without a sound. Who will refuse this sacrifice? Who would want to bother or risk getting into trouble? It will be quasi-democracy.
@ Mutinerie (translated by Pierre Vivrejour & Dany Del Harocha)
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