I just realized why the solid energy spies are such a big deal: spying on civilians is supposed to be the role of the government. This is especially the case when the spying is on the pretext of defense against illegal actions as solid energy claims. So if the Happy Valley Coalition (or greenpeace for that matter) is such a threat to the laws of this country why doesn’t solid energy leave it up to the police, SIS or other such body to investigate them? The answer, that environmental campaigners are more of a threat to corporate profits than they are to the government. I don’t know whether this is a good or bad thing and I know that the government is monitoring us as well but I thought it was an interesting point. In future will we continue to see more and more extra judicial policing? What role will private security forces play in squashing anti corporate activity? And how will the public take this?
These questions are becoming especially pertinent as public space becomes increasingly rare, making corporate targets hard to get to and giving private security forces the legal ability to shut protest down. And with the media almost completely controlled by a few rich men will the brainwashed public even find out about corporate repression? And what do we do when corporate spy's and police forces are working hand in hand with state forces?
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.” (P.-J. Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.)