I had a recent exchange on Twitter essentially centered around the recent appointment of Condoleezza Rice to the board of Dropbox and the ensuing internet campaign to Drop Dropbox. My reasons for dropping Dropbox echo that of many who are also following suit. I fundamentally don’t trust the Federal Government given their plainly fascist tendencies. This is not a Left or Right statement, as both parties are owned by the same fascists forces. The Obama administration is indistinguishable from the Bush administration as all recent administrations in my lifetime are indistinguishable from one another – but extensions of the fascist cabal that is apparently in charge.
My decision to Drop Dropbox was obviously a mostly political and ethical decision. Condi is beyond trusting since she directly lied to Congress – which is only a criminal acts for slaves, as the fascists are apparently above the law and are never charged for the crimes they commit. Condi also supports warrant-less wiretapping and doubtless supports “official” murder, theft and fraud as all fascists do.
Obviously I could continue to functionally use Dropbox and just not trust it with any personal or sensitive data. But it’s the principle of the matter. I don’t believe that political voting is meaningful or useful because there are no choices. Candidates are vetted beforehand to ensure that there is a fascist democrat and a fascist republican on the ticket, therefore a fascist will always win. Since the voting machines are controlled by fascists, even if a non-fascist like a Ron Paul were on the ticket, the fascists can simply hack the voting machines to swing the vote 60/40 toward the fascist candidate.
However, in what still remains of a semi-free market, like the ability to choose a cloud service provider, you can vote whether to use one provider over another. That made the decision to lose Dropbox – despite their generally good product – easier to do. This is no different than why I avoid food products with GMOs or why I use a flouride-free toothpaste. It is the one area left in American life where you can actually meaningfully vote, with how you use what little counterfeit currency that FedGovCorp leaves you – or when there is no cost involved, such as Dropbox.
That brings me to my exchange on Twitter. A @joseph_grima had tweeted that he was planning to drop Dropbox and asked about best alternatives out there. Trying to be helpful I mentioned what I had done and was planning, namely; that I had installed SpiderOak (for it’s encryption) and GoogleDrive (for convenience) and was working on setting up ownCloud. He responded, “Do we seriously want to hand @googledrive our data? Might not have Condy on its board, but…”
This is a fair criticism. But as I pointed out, I don’t intend to use Google for anything private or anything I wouldn’t be willing to share with FedGovCorp. Do I trust Google? No. The truth is, in these times, you can’t trust any corporation that is in bed with the Feds. Lavabit went out of business because it wouldn’t aid and abet FedGovCorp in criminal activity (spying without a warrant). The truth is that a time will soon come when you will know that a company is working with FedGovCorp because they’re still in business.
So I don’t trust Google, but was somewhat compelled to create a GMail account to activate my Android phone. It was nice to hear that Yahoo! resisted to some degree, but to be in business they have to now be helping FedGovCorp, even if reluctantly. I don’t trust Microsoft which is why I haven’t used Windows in years. I don’t doubt that Microsoft has backdoor to let the NSA collect metadata on how you use your PC. And it should be noted that any other unethical hackers (like the NSA) can take advantage of those same backdoors. Even if I trust my Ubuntu OS, or if I were to finally make the leap to customize a Linux install from scratch, I still have to trust my ISP, which I don’t.
There are probably ways to achieve a much more ideal state of near-perfect privacy and security, but it is still beyond my current knowledge or level of expertise. But I continue to look and learn about GNUPG and encryption, and setting up ownCloud to control my own cloud storage, but time is my enemy in these matters – I can’t learn enough fast enough – especially in the changing environment of technology.
I remember reading some time after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that upon going through the files in government offices, it had turned out that many of the East German people were spying on each other for the government. Of course that was a trademark of the communist/fascist model, was the breakdown of civil society and nobody could trust anybody anymore. American is now rushing headlong down that path where trust will be destroyed utterly, both personally and digitally. Americans are well on their way to become the new Soviet Citizens. Beware, Comrade. Beware.