This argument has been made over and over again, but it’s nonsensical on its face.

The original story misses the point a bit as well. Information is one of the goals for a reason. One of those reasons is that information can lead to economic shifts, power shifts and in the right contexts, mass unrest.

Granted, if we get far enough that there are tanks in our neighborhoods then everyone has lost in a very real way. The threat of unrest actually prevents that.

At that point though, TIS (Tanks in the Streets), an armed populace would be the only hope for resisting.

The government can shut off all primary and easily accessible communications, including the internet, at will.

Radio would be the only thing that they can’t immediately shut down.

In that scenario, I would rather see the population silent and armed, rather than silent and helpless.

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