21C Exemplar

Supposed mind reading machines, computers that predict intent from body language, omnipresent cameras linked to facial recognition data banks, and other devices — real or fake — are intended to discourage creativity and political action.

These constant intrusions combined with petty regulations and endless quack psychologizing about people and groups stifle genuine communities and personal intimacy. People who resist will do so individually, developing firm identities behind superficial conformity.

They will be largely invisible and at first lacking a shared example.  In a way they already exist as persons who unexpectedly commit crimes, most notoriously mass murders.  Usually unnoticed before the incident (despite the psychiatrists who claim they saw the signs long before), they get little sympathy because their victims are most often random strangers.

That’s the mistake of the most famous recent American terrorist, Timothy McVeigh (1968-2001).  Instead of targeting some pivotal person, in 1995 he and his accomplices blew up the Oklahoma City federal building, killing 168 and injuring more than 800.

McVeigh appears disciplined, focused, and rational. An account of his execution describes him as “expressionless” as well as composed. He was a man of action, not words, revealing little about himself and his associates beyond the obvious. Except for the scale of his deed he might have gotten little notice.

Liberal media try to bury McVeigh and the issues by not mentioning either while blaring superficial nonsense and celebrity tripe. The issues continue and people understand them.

As the overall emotional impact of his bombing fades victims of surveillance and disinformation might well see him as an example of how to be unnoticed yet strong. As individuals seeking freedom analyze his errors they may well  try to develop a comparable determination and inaccessibility.

 

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