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Wondering Whom To Vote For?

Posted by M. C. on October 1, 2018


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The Rutherford Institute :: Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State |

Posted by M. C. on June 21, 2018

I seem to recognize the analogy!

You want to be free? Break out of the circle.

By John W. Whitehead

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.

While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Prisoner-The Chimes of Big Ben

Posted by M. C. on May 19, 2012

The General to No. 6-“Does it matter which side you are on?  It is like looking in a mirror.”

Broadcast in 1967.

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Romney.

Spend, war, oil.

Empire, control, bigger government.

New, World, Order

Lies, Lies, Lies

Same, same, same

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The Prisoner-Reality TV before it’s Time

Posted by M. C. on March 11, 2012

When I was a lad, there was a late 60’s British TV show on Sundays that my dad and I liked called “The Prisoner”. The premise revolved around a murky government type, presumably a spy, played by Patrick McGoohan that resigns on principle. This unnamed man is taken to “The Village” and assigned Number Six. Read the rest of this entry »

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