Does that seem crazy to you? Bare with me. If we think about why people want a government and are afraid to live without one, maybe we could find other ways to make government obsolete, at least in some respects like the big issues of security and protection. Open public access mass camera surveillance is one way to head in that direction.
People want a government to protect them via police, and have other agencies to take care of things in society. Anything funded through tax-payer money is part of the federal government apparatus in some way, but the jobs that are 100% tax-payer funded are the core of what is part of the government. This ranges from judges, police, and other government institutions like NSA, Homeland, FBI, CIA, to some lawyers, construction workers and other areas like nurses and doctors.
Depending on the country there are various ways that tax money is spent by the governmental agencies. Focusing back on surveillance, this relates to security technology. Technology can be a great ally in a decentralized manner, or used against us by centralized authority to keep us under their thumb. Surveillance cameras are for security, and the state likes to have cameras and other surveillance to spy in on it's own citizens and other citizens of the world.
Centralized authority like police are often corrupt and abuse their authority and power. Many are even supposed to wear body cameras but often conveniently turn them off as they engage in violating the rights of others they are meant to protect as part of their job. Police and the government have access to so-called public surveillance cameras, but the public doesn't have access to them, only specific groups of individuals can gain access based on their jobs.
In some cases cameras end up mysteriously not working, or footage goes missing. The police often investigate themselves and most of the time clear officers of all charges of wrongdoing. Police officers even get paid leave while their crimes are swept under the rug.
How to eliminate most of the "security" forces that are hired to allegedly protect us, their corruption, abuse of power, etc? What if we could use that technology to surveil, for our greater benefit as a decentralized open society that was more self-governing and responsible?
Instead of using the centralized authority using the technology behind closed doors were only they have access, imagine if surveillance was a public open access technology. Instead of the police and government only having the eyes to watch themselves and everyone else, we would flip the switch on them where we would be the ones watching them and ourselves.
When people are being watched, and they know that they are being watched, they are much more careful about doing something that could get them in trouble. This is especially true for cameras that record, as opposed to simply eyeballs and unreliable witness accounts.
Total surveillance in public places with complete public access would allow anyone to go verify any crime that has been alleged to have been committed. Rather than rely on eyewitness accounts, or on the trust, faith, loyalty and belief in the honest authority and power of security forces like police, the whole population would become a self policing force. Rather than abdicating our personal responsibility to be eternally vigilant for our own safety and the safety of others around us, we would take up that responsibility.
Rather than the government and police acting as a mass surveillance state and watchmen, we would become our own watchers and witness the disintegration of the centralized authorities surveillance state.
Need proof of a crime committed? It will likely be seen and heard on camera. The government will not be able to abuse the surveillance by hunting for good people that the government lies about and portrays as bad, like in the Jason Bourne movies for example, or in whistleblower cases. Just go look at how the surveillance state has been used to spy on people and suppress truth from getting out, like in the Watergate scandal.
In no way do I support this for centralized authority or limited access. Everyone must be able to access surveillance to verify what wrongs were done and validate the forces that bring people to justice for their wrongs. These forces don't need to be hired, but can be a group of people in the area. Local citizens acting to stop violence against others. The ideal is not hired people, but people who care to unite and do what's right to stop the wrong, as a community in common-unity.
The real force for security needs to come from a community itself that will watch each other's backs and help others when wrongs are done against someone. That is where this ultimately needs to head to. Why pay people to sit around waiting to handle a crime, when crime will be so low? Why pay people to do what we should all be willing to do to help others out, as we would want to be helped if we were in their situation? It's truly our responsibility in our own local communities to watch over, guard and protect ourselves/each other.
People have fear of crimes being committed and the bad people getting away with it. Public open access surveillance reduces those problems, possibly to non-existence at some point down the road, as we develop more and more responsibility to deal with the issues in our own communities, leading us to become more self-governing and decentralized, and lessening the physical or psychological dependence on centralized authority.
I see open public surveillance as a key to ending statism. It's where we use technology to make our lives safer together, not surveilled through a centralized authority. If crime occurs, we can find out more about it and verify that you local or larger justice system is being honest. We can all know the evidence, not have it secretly presented in a court room away from the eyes of the public.
I really see technology and cameras everywhere as great potential to end statism. Yes, there are issues, like being able to know where anyone is at anytime I suppose, tracking people from one place to another. Spying is still there, true. But that doesn't increase the risk of someone harming you, because there are cameras to catch them, where they came from, where they went. People could report crimes as soon as they happen, watching live feeds. Catching bad people would be easier. Exonerating innocent people would be easier. While we still have security forces, private or public, we can watch them and make sure they don't abuse their power.
Hand-held cameras make great for security when being pulled over by police, or in protests, as a record of what happened. Instead of someone uploading their video to youtube or whatnot for everyone to see what happened, the public cameras would be accessible to anyone anytime. We can protect ourselves so much better this way!
If private citizens and companies can use cameras to protect themselves on their property, then we as a society should be able to as well. And that means not a centralized authority, but us actually having the tools like technology to do it, where we are all held accountable for our actions. Anyone can verify the evidence about what happened on camera, not just the police, courts, government or other authoritarian groups that have access the rest of us don't!
Public open surveillance can totally change the game. We can flip the switch and turn the tables to use technology to our advantage against the state, rather then the state against us. The technology will pressure people into more self-control. As we become more self-governing and responsible in self-control, there is less crime and less of a need for any security forces to stop crimes since we don't engage in them as much. Statism's hold on security, and the mass appeal for the state to provide it, will fade.
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