COVID Follies

I feel like I’m in a particularly unrealistic SF novel. The oppressors are supposed to provide ‘bread & circuses.’ In real life, denying people bread & circuses and—here’s the SF part—propaganda makes the people want their own deprivation!

Falsifiability

The theory that science should be falsifiable is a philosophical (not scientific) theory about science. It can be replaced by other theories about the uses, purposes, and nature of science.

One alternative: the socialist theory of science in which science should serve the people, which means to serve the party which controls the government.

Punishing Slavery

If schools will expel students over racism’s history of slavery, will they expel students and fire professors over socialism’s history of slavery?

After Civilization

We’ll need a new word for the advanced, technological society that succeeds our own. “Civilization” derives from “civil” and “city.” Large segments of “citizens” have proven they are neither civil nor can live in cities, and are undeserving of the title “citizen.”

The name for this new society I leave to those who know Latin, Greek, and Chinese better than I do.

Encryption

UNDER the 1st Amendment (freedom of speech*), 4th Amendment (unreasonable searches**), and 2nd Amendment (right to bear arms***), the American people have a right to unbreakable encryption.

*American courts have again and again held that code is protected by freedom or speech & press.

** It’s unreasonable to allow a ‘back door’ into any encryption. If a ‘back door’ exists, it isn’t encrypted, it’s shamcrypted.

*** The American government classifies encryption as a munition. It’s non-lethal. Being non-lethal, there is no justification (as a ‘arm’) for depriving Americans of unbreakable encryption.