Mass Surveillance and the Constitutional Order

This article, by Anthony Barnett, powerfully makes the case for framing British torpor about mass surveillance in terms of the country’s decaying constitutional settlement and the state’s subordination to Washington:

… we have seen an erosion of the old, informal constitutional culture around belief in British institutions. Instead of being replaced by a democratic culture this has permitted a politics of liberty that has become grossly individualized.

The apparent lack of interest in deep reform in Britain is very puzzling to me, given the real-world consequences of the uncodified lash-up we have now. Bankocracy is a form of the state. If you don’t want to work for bankers, then you want to reform the constitution.

Perhaps there is much more appetite for this than is reflected in the BBC-Murdoch complex.


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