Dave_the_IrateHow many countries in the Western world have been trending towards more liberty in recent years and how many towards more government intervention, surveillance or authoritarianism? Not to mention those handful of 'private companies' all based within a few miles of each other who can vaporise your entire online presence on a whim should they choose.
Silicon valley tech companies are not the Finnish government nor are they any other government. Silicon Valley lobbyists succeeding to get rid of data protection laws are also not an action of any government.
Dave_the_IrateIt's extremely naive to suggest that just because we are currently in a better situation than China or the Soviet Union that our current governments would be unable or unwilling to claim greater authority if given the opportunity. Even if you agree with all the various pandemic restrictions over the last year, it should be somewhat concerning that so many governments have been able to remove such fundamental civil liberties from their citizens, in most cases with absolutely no mandate. It's a bit of a cliche at this point, but the Patriot Act is a good example of how a government can use a perceived crisis to gain more authority, and how subsequent administrations won't necessarily be inclined to relinquish it.
Lockdowns in and of themselves are not a symptom of governments trying to "grab too much power".
When Viktor Orban wants indefinate control of his country to "deal with covid" isn't the fucking same as having a fucking mask mandate.
The US expanding it's surveillance state under the guise of "counter-terrorism" is not equivalent of covid lockdowns.
Just because there's a theoretical possibility of a government grabbing power due to a societal instability doesn't mean literally every action they take is a precursor or symptom of them doing it.
Based on you calling it a 'perceived crisis' I take it you actually don't believe it is a crisis?????
I am in no way "naive" for not distrusting scientifically proven countermeasures to pandemics, but I'm in fact very skeptical to government surveillance, tech oligopolies, and countries becoming authoritarian, but as I explained that stuff doesn't just randomly happen.