I do not worry about the government snooping. Bureaucrats are not dangerous. I worry about corporations profiting from doing the government’s dirty work. Someone is striving to earn a bonus from fingering other citizens. That’s scary, because people are driven by money, not morality.
Evil, arrogant, and paranoid people are at it again, seeking their benefit (which is difficult to define) at the expense of many, many others and peace in this world. Voices of reason are shouted down by fools masquerading as statesmen and leaders, who play politics for their own ends. Will this idiocy never end?
Everyone (with the exception of self-serving politicians) will agree that dictators are horrible people. I want to add to the list: certain rightwing radio blowhards.
There is a childhood chant: Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. If one accepts that logic, then one could argue that anything spouted by some idiot with a microphone is harmless. I disagree. These evil jerks enrich themselves by appealing to baser instincts of stupid people. Saying something is bad enough; meaning it is worse.
Anyone that belittles the Japanese people in their moment of dire crisis (worse than racism at any other time, for that matter) is loathsome. But to do it to make money reaches a new height (or depth) of depravity. This is the worst kind of xenophobia. If I ruled the world....
These people should be dropped into the middle of the worst destruction (Why not Fukushima?) and be forced to survive on their own.
But, I'm sure that some Japanese person would neglect his or her own suffering and offer assistance...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.