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Technological Advancements: A Path to Freedom or a Path to Serfdom?

January 10, 2011

As science and technology advances at an incredible rate are we in danger of losing the sense of morality that is the bedrock to our existence? With each advancement we are witnessing scientists play "God" with what will be introduced into the very fabric of what it means to be human. Nano technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, cloning, designer children, and the miniaturization of computer technology that could be introduced into the human body. Are we sliding along a dangerous path or are we taking the next steps in the evolution of man?

RFID chips are a pathway to losing our individual right of freedom! The 4th Amendment states: "The Right of the people to be secure in their persons, house, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things seized."

Where is the probable cause that these persons’ rights be violated without a warrant issued? As a citizen of the United States you have the right to free movement without permission from any governing body.

This leads us to a 5th & 6th Amendment violation if used as a form of punishment that results if you are being tracked. GPS is being used in many businesses now to track employees, and the fact that it is a private business and the end result is only related to said business, may make it permissible. When a government body starts to track a private citizen we move into a whole new arena.

RFID chips are in all Toll Passes and as such when you have one you are being tracked. In some states these can be used against you to issue fines for excessive speed. We are benign to the fact that these can be used against us to levy a fine, but it does fall under the 8th Amendment where it is clearly spelled out that no excessive fines can be imposed. Now take it back to the 4th Amendment where people have the right to be secure in their person and add in the 5th where no person shall be held to answer to for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime...; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law. RFID'S are a means of self incrimination mandated in this case and in many by a governing body.

All of this new technology is for the betterment of man and for additional safety of man—or is it? Those who favor these new advancements have used compelling arguments that play to the very nature of peoples’ most basic desires. Who would be opposed to having a bit more security in their life? Who could oppose the possibility of some of the most dreaded diseases and physical handicaps being eliminated?

What the supporters fail to mention is that as we seek a little more security we essentially are allowing for small pieces of our freedoms to be eroded, one at a time. When we seek through science to change the very fabric that makes us human, we are allowing the species known as man to be morphed into something other than what nature intended. Advancements in medical research to stem the tide of infectious diseases and terminal illnesses are altogether different than the redesign of an entire species. Man is a fickle creature; we would like to think that we are smarter than we actually are. Time and again this desire to think that we are above things that are outside of our full comprehension has resulted in unfavorable results. Advancing upon the path that we are above nature and that we can somehow redesign the matrix of human design is playing with a fire that can burst out of control before we have the chance to extinguish it.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Introduction of RFID chips by any governing body reduces the rights of a free people to remain free!  If we do not take a stand today in opposition of this introduction even under the guises of safety, we are willing accomplices in the erosion of our most basic rights as individuals.  Albert Einstein once said these words, "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal; any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

Are we being fools and allowing for technological advancements to cloud our judgment and morals; our freedoms and natural design?  Or are we succumbing to the will of those who are playing the strings of human nature in the quiescent desire for safety and longevity?

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Robert Rohlfing is a patriot who writes for the web site thedrumbeatofliberty.com.