at least in certain important respects, a better soci…using it in the narrower, more recent and US-centric sense of pertaining to left-leaning politics). The challenge is not that one day such a state might be imposed on citizens of the west against their will. But that this alternative system might genuinely promote human flourishing in ways that a liberal democratic system simply doesn’t. What if a society of total surveillance is, at least in certain important respects, a better societ…
There are many levels to this hence the complexity that entangles us in endless fractal patterns. The Western facade of freedom at the base of the Liberal ideal is, at best, a tattered symbol. We don’t live in the world we imagine as ours.
What people claim to believe and to want is totally dependent on the specific context of the question. A tremendous amount of our casual time is spent watching and reading forms of science fiction now. As I have said elsewhere, this is an effort to explore and gain control of the future that threatens us.
It also illustrates what we thing we will need to feel secure and avoid dystopia. An amazing amount of the most popular forms of science fiction is space opera with greater or lesser elements of military fantasy (for lack of a better term). Even if it is simply interstellar travel the perfect world is military style command provided by or strongly supported by an AI based system.
Obviously this is the complete opposite of the “freedom” that we swear we must have and must protect. Hard to say anything but WTF?