This week we're in conversation with Timothy Erik Strom, digital rights activist and author of the upcoming text Globalization and Surveillance, Jacob Grech, renegade activist and host of 'A Friday Rave' and Lizzy O'Shea, human rights lawyer and author of 'Future Histories' ; contemplating the global political trajectory towards greater states of totalitarianism.
"... the democracies of the future will change their nature; the quaint old forms – elections, parliaments, supreme courts and all the rest – will remain but the underlying substance will be a new kind of totalitarianism." Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, 1958
Bulding on Aldous's profound foresight, the team discusses the current trajectory and future alternatives. We ask the question, what are we doing to lead ourselves down a path to totalitarianism?
"There are no new types of totalitarianism, just new technologies of control." @JacobGrech
"We need sovereignty over our own data." @Lizzie_OShea
"Are we putting the infrastructure in for a new class warfare?" @JacobGrech
"Technologies are transforming the human condition." - Timothy Erik Strom
"The techbros are not going to save us." @Lizzie_OShea
The conversation concludes with the idea that the future is not yet defined. It is emergent. And within that emergence anything is possible.
Stay tuned for follow up conversations about self-actualizing our futures.