You mean, keeping track of who is being naughty or nice and reporting it to the NSA, CIA, FBI, local law enforcement, and other commercial entities?
Yep. It has been happening at least since the early 90s. Where do you think most/all of those police-department lambourghinis and mustangs and zrocs came from? They seize people's shit, keep what they want, auction off the rest and pocket the money. You can get incredible deals at police auctions, but I refuse to ever buy anything, myself, because I find it disgusting.
The point of Silk Road was private transactions. They tried to propagandize the idea t hat it's "only for illegal drugs" to justify their actions, when what they were really angry about was simply cracking down on purportedly untraceable money. That people are going around repeating the drug thing suggests their effort worked.
Yeah, number 16, right behind Italy, Lichtenstein, and Botswana.
But seriously, it's not about hiding America's faults, it's about America's virtues. I can't think exactly where in the canon of PJ O'Rourke this story comes from, but it was one of his middle-east trips, probably back in the 80's. O'Rourke questions a, young, ummm, Palestinian, I think, street protester, about his radical politics. The teen gives him about 15 straight minutes of all the many terrible faults of America, its support of Israel, its general weight-throwing-around foreign policy, its suppression of the poor everywhere. O'Rourke finally has enough material and tries to change the subject to something upbeat: "So, you're young and just finishing school, what are your plans, do you have a career dream?"
The kid gets all excited, lighted up happy, and says: "My cousin is at the University of Chicago, and he thinks he can get me a green card!"
The problem is that Amazon and most other distributors don't represent the transaction properly. It says "BUY NOW" and "GIVE GIFT INSTANTLY".
News flash: The content on those DVDs, CDs, BluRays, and other formats that you have? You are LICENSING that content.
That's cute, grandpa.
You have to remember, the democrats and liberals have to demonize and misrepresent libertarians because they thrive on a two party (acting as one) system and the republicans and conservatives have to demonize and misrepresent libertarians because they thrive on a two party (acting as one) system.
It's cute how the idiots of the internet have come to confuse "Libertarian" with "Republican" the last few years.