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Dear Mr. Security Agent

- by - January 7, 2013 - 13:21 America/New_York - 6 Comments

Latest essay by Matt Bracken on “the unintended consequences of this misguided utopian fool’s crusade to ban guns”

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  1. F.P.U.S.

    January 7th, 2013

    What Matt is describing here in vivid details can be read as the actualization of a “Society of Control,” a termed coined by William Burroughs to describe our immediate future.


    Society becomes an open field composed of thresholds or gateways, it becomes a continuous space of passage. Power is tripped into action at key points along the way, at key thresholds. The exercise of power bears on your movement – not so much you as a person. You’re checked in passing. The process is largely automatic, and it doesn’t really matter what you think or who you are deep down. Mach.ines do the detecting and ‘judging’. The check just bears on a little detail – do you have enough in your bank account, do you not have a gun? It’s a highly localised, partial exercise of power that feeds up to higher levels, bottom up.

    In a way the real power starts after you’ve passed, in the feed, because you’ve left a trace. Something has registered. Those registrations can be gathered to piece together a profile of your movement, or they can be compared to other people’s inputs. They can be processed en masse and systematised, synthesised. Very convenient for surveillance or crime investigation, and marketing. The checkpoint system allows information to be gathered at every step you take.

    Think of how cookies work on the internet. Every time you click a link, you’re registering your tastes and patterns, which are then processed and thrown back at you in the form of flip-up ads that try to get you to go to particular links and hopefully buy something. It’s a feedback loop, and the object is to modulate your online movement.

    Now policing works more and more through gatekeeping – detection, registration and feedback. Police action, in the sense of an arrest, comes out of this movement-processing loop as a particular kind of feedback. Instead of passing through the gate, a gun is detected by the machine, and a police response is triggered, and someone gets arrested. Police power becomes a function of that other kind of power, that we were calling control, or movement-based power. It’s a local stop-action that arises out of the flow and is aimed at safeguarding it.

    It becomes one big, self-propelling feedback machine. It turns into a kind of automatism, and we register collectively as individuals through the way we feed that automatism, by our participation in it, just by virtue of being alive and moving. Socially, that’s what the individual is now: a checkpoint trigger. Power is now distributed. It trickles down to the most local, most partial checkpoint. There is no distance anymore between us, our movements and the operations of power.

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  2. F.P.U.S.

    January 7th, 2013

    Gun control is about CONTROL!

    The constant security concerns insinuate themselves into our lives at such a basic, habitual level that you’re barely aware how it’s changing the tenor of everyday living. You start ‘instinctively’ to limit your movements and contact with people.

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  3. KF

    January 7th, 2013

    Thanks for this Dagney !
    Great article. Most of my relatives are blue state liberals who just spit out mindless lib talking points when any given issue comes up. Think about Eric Holders’ statement about “brainwashing” people against guns, that’s what has been going on in public skrools for decades in the NE. I need all the good material I can get to make sound arguments in favor of 2nd Ammendment. Unfortunately many of them are logic-proof, part of being a Democrat I guess.

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  4. Unruly Refugee

    January 7th, 2013

    “A “no firearms” sign draws such a person the way that a starving wolf is attracted to a pen full of helpless lambs.”

    I see some free yard signs being covertly installed in Progville in the near future.

    That is the best thing I have read in a while. So much truth written in vivid clarity. That book will be part of the unruly Residential library.

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  5. Rage against the ObamaRegime

    January 7th, 2013

    Criminals beware. That no gun sign may be bait. Just saying.

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  6. Rage against the ObamaRegime

    January 7th, 2013

    The one in my yard that is.

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