For more than 50 years we’ve known that surveillance encourages conformity to social norms. In a series of classic experiments during the 1950s, psychologist Solomon Asch showed that conformity is so powerful that individuals will follow the crowd even when the crowd is obviously wrong. A government that engages in mass surveillance cannot claim to value innovation, critical thinking, or originality.

Metastasizing big government and it’s above policies promoting pedestrian behavior of it’s citizens fly in direct opposition to the majority of thepast thirty yearsbusiness literature suggesting staying lean and driving innovation are the keys to economic success (something most of the pro-surveillance governments definitely need, given their federal debt of trillions [USA] or quadrillions [Japan]). C’est la vie.