Ten years ago I would have said you were a crank.
In all honesty, ten years ago I would have said I'm a crank.
But, the reality is, over the last bunch of years, we're seeing much more "victory at any costs" coming both from the legal system and the politicians. Facts and the law are secondary to agendas and posturing.
We're seeing more and more examples of "the law and your rights are too damned inconvenient so we're going to ignore them".
We see Federal law enforcement lying about their secret spying capacity and going to great lengths to conceal it.
We see those same entities writing a hand book for how to commit perjury to about where they got their evidence in order to get a conviction and gloss over some of the shadier bits about how they operate. Effectively it's a "how to frame someone we believe is guilty but didn't legally obtain the evidence".
The companies who caused the economic meltdown? Bailed out, and forgiven so we don't introduce any more instability, totally ignoring what amounted to billions of dollars worth of Ponzi schemes.
The legal system has been co-opted to serve the interests of commercial entities, who more or less write laws which governments pass for them.
And, increasingly, we see the governments of Western nations getting together to do this shit to all of us.
So, yeah ... not so long ago I would have been a crank. But, not so long ago, none of this stuff was real, it was the stuff of fiction.
I keep saying, what was fantastical fiction 10-15 years ago is commonplace. And if it keeps going that way, we're pretty much fucked.
In my mind, we've pretty much reached the point where the surveillance state being in partnership with (and in some cases working for) an oligarchy or corporations who don't give a shit about anything but their own profits, and who have the means to change and control anything which they find inconvenient.
It doesn't seem like there's enough tinfoil on the entire fucking planet to NOT end up sounding like a paranoid loon when you look at what's actually happening.
I'd like to go back to a nice normal "slightly crazy" like before. But the world doesn't seem like it's trending in that direction.