The Thing We Should Most Fear

“Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments” – AP

Is this the first step that would lead to legislative governments controlled and run by giant corporates at regional, national and, eventually, global levels?  Can you imagine that?  Corporates ordering and overseeing human life? And not just any corporate entities but futuristic ‘Tech’ entities?

Well, of course it could be argued that they already do that to some extent, though still with legitimate (or externally installed) governments standing between them and ultimate control.  But corporate entities, for-profit businesses, making life or death decisions on how we live (or die)? 

It all sounds like the beginnings of a world fictionally, though with an eye to a possible such future, described by CJ Hopkins in his dystopian novel ‘Zone 23’ – free chapter sample – set just some 500 or so years from now.  Or even such a world as described in ‘The Hunger Games’ story. 

I don’t think any of us would want to, or want their descendants to, live in such a world.

‘Dystopian’ is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as:

Relating to a very bad or unfair society in which there is a lot of suffering, especially an imaginary society in the future, or to the description of such a society.

The problem with dystopian fiction, of course, is that it tends to allow us to think of dystopia as something relating to the future. Whereas, as we (many of us) usually fail to see, we have been living in a dystopian world for at least the last several centuries and possibly for as far back as history allows us to consider.

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