I was drawn to reflect on this subject after I saw this quote posted on the anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz:
In case you’ve forgotten, SOPA was about on-line piracy and it is discussed here.
Aaron Swartz committed suicide after being hounded by the US Government, a story I shared here.
And so, what has happened since? Well, apart from the Ed Snowden exposures, we have the CISA legislation passing with scarcely a whimper, and we have the TPP, soon to be followed by the TTIP for US/European trade, packaging up all the tools any of the large corporations would want to throw the book at anyone – including governments – who might contemplate opposing any measures they might take to protect whatever they consider are appropriate actions to protect their IP.
So, the elite have got where they wanted to go in the end – and quite quickly, albeit with a few ipso facto journalists pointing out the draconian nature of the TPP.
I can’t help wondering what Aaron Swartz would have done to awaken people to what is being done to them. But they got rid of him, as they do anyone who represents a serious threat to their plans.