Unplugging: The Next Revolutionary Act

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By Bill Maher

In 1943 Ayn Rand wrote, “Civilization is the progress towards a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public… Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”

What she didn’t count on was capitalism valuing corporations more than an individual’s privacy, which is how we got the libertarian-leaning GOP to vote for selling your Internet history to advertisers. 

Companies like Google, Uber, and Amazon couldn’t exist if they weren’t constantly gathering data from their users. Maybe this is a good thing, maybe it’s a bad thing. But it does mean that anyone who wants to separate themselves from the modern corporate state literally has to unplug themselves from the Internet. I think we may start to see a new social movement among young people who, much like the hippies of yore, come to view Google, etc. as “the man” and choose to have nothing to do with the Internet. Their rallying cry might be “tune in, turn on, and log off.”