Thanks for your kind words, Loren...sadly, too few people are are of these realities and that has led us to an era of what Josef Stalin called "useful idiots": In political jargon, a useful idiot is a term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause's goals, and who is cynically used by the cause's leaders. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation.
I recall reading a book on computer security a while back by Bruce Schneier (a well respected expert on the topic) in which he wrote that according to the fellow who once headed the East German Stasi the maximum number of citizens the secret police could spy on simultaneously during the cold war was 27, where of course nowadays almost everyone carries a bugged device in their pockets. Now add to that the capacity of big data systems (and A.I. coming up) to parse and analyze written and spoken words, and you have the dram of every totalitarian who ever lived - complete knowledge over their people. Of course, this is what has led to the extreme polarization of western society - with everyone "sure" of what they know without realizing how they are being manipulated and controlled.
Thanks for your kind words, Loren...sadly, too few... (show quote)