Living in a Surveillance State

Living in a surveillance state

All the things we’ve grown to hate

Run by players called ‘Deep State’

Big Brother could not imagine

Nor could Lenin, nor could Stalin

Chairman Mao, or Mussolini

Hitler, Castro, or Amin

Complete control; subjugation

Keeping watch at every station

The hallmarks of developed nations

TV cameras and hidden recorders

Flying drones that follow orders

Eyes and ears along the borders

Watching, taping, and data-basing

When we eat, when we are bathing

Our politics and flags we’re waving

Our kids at school, or at the pool

Whispers in a vestibule

Convinced us that it was a rule

They’re watching for “security”

Seems to me like tyranny

No oversight or transparency

And done with such impunity

It’s gone beyond our government

Fueled by technical empowerment

Still claiming for our betterment

Those Masters of the Universe

Want control just like a nurse

What to hide, what to disburse

Spin the good, so it sounds worse

It’s not the truth, but it doesn’t matter

Normal people’s lives are shattered

As long as it’s making wallets fatter

Observe the players and their sneer

Their only goal to domineer

Like some old west balladeer

Winning at the voting booth

They spin the news and hide the truth

Try to crush the remaining sleuths

Call them liars and uncouth

Control and power over information

Insulated for now, from litigation

While claiming they are our salvation

Patriots decry their hijack moves

And quickly see their face removed

Then trampled under digital hooves

The secret lies in the algorithm

The on-line God of all decisions

Yet clearly it’s against Americanism

Once the narrative becomes ingrained

It’s just as good as locks and chains

Pushed out everywhere unrestrained

Anyone who resists is quickly shamed

It’s dangerous not to play their game

Those deposed Dictators all had it wrong

With their fighting and killing all day long

Control it seems, is an easy song

Give the people games; they’ll play along

Eyes glued to their little screens

Cede control to these “smart” machines

Lead them into worlds of dreams

No one wants to earn a salary

Despite having a college degree

Instead they think in virtual reality

And eat the fruit from the poisonous tree

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

5 thoughts on “Living in a Surveillance State

  • September 13, 2018 at 9:34 PM
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    Is this another Halloween post? LOL It is scary enough to be one. I believe the word ‘privacy’ will soon be archaic. Great work, Ralph.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 2:28 AM
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    In todays society there is no more privacy nor should you expect any. It is scary and I for one long for times that were simpler, but I know those days are long gone. Very straight to the point piece Ralph.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    An excellent offering of work here Ralph as always you see this world we live in through your third eye. An accurate description indeed. PRIVACY what’s that? DEEP STATE are even trying to invade our own homes and apartments, turning on a t.v. or computer these days is disquieting. I place a black dot over my computer cam ever seeing eye, hoping to keep them from spying. All those things predicted by the Orwellian’s are coming to fore. We are living in a world without privacy, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find it. Nicely penned my friend.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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    Yeah privacy is a thing of the past. Digital footprints, mini recording devices, what you watch on TV, not to mention what they give you to watch on tv, how many years did we think the news was just the news, a provider of information, raw unedited information, now we realize they are just money hungry agenda hogs. It’s really sad. Good piece Ralph

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