This is a product of hypercapitalism and the correction to it, public ownership, is repeatedly attacked as somehow worse than what we have. We have no ownership of our information because everything can be sold by whomever grabs our information. We, of course, give it to them because we have no choice but to five our information away as the corporate based oligarchy we live allows only that as a way of gaining connectivity.. Cities that have set up their own internet service rather than selling themselves to the data com providers have much better service and control over who has access to, at least, the local data connections.

The basic error is assuming that public ownership is some vast bureaucracy far, far away. We are moving toward a much more radical form of government driven by the very same internet based social media services that can and do model us completely from our online data that they capture. If you think of public as literally our communities and put ownership of our personal data back in our hands to keep or sell as we see fit, then we can manage our own assets and we are, literally, the government as is should be.

People, particularly in the this country have been so totally brainwashed into thinking that the only option is a vast interlinked set of corporations driven by greed with the facade of a government supporting the owners but completely ignoring all of us. This must, and is changing, because the way we think, the way we communicate, and the way we live is changing very quickly. The question is if we can manage to get control of our own data, the only remaining thing of value, before the hypercapitalist systems destroys our climate, with our support, killing most of us in the process.

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