Someone who is civil liberties-minded sees this kind of power-grab as the slow march toward totalitarianism, the surveillance state and the Panopticon, and see the fighting of it as their civic goddamned duty
This march has been in progress for a very long time now (at least since the cryptowars), and I have always wondered why someone as intelligent, charismatic, and wealthy as you would rather spend his wealth on a nightclub than on firing some effective shots against this development. The administration rackets currently have the upper hand in this fight: they have all the expertise, can spend other people's money, are well-connected, and face a disorganized, busy populace with a short attention span. If the development continues in this fashion they will win.
This imaginary march to totalitarianism in the US is a never ending source of amusement for onlookers. As the country is dragged slowly into the twentieth century its populace imagine that they are being enslaved rather than freed. Not seeing something doesn't mean it didn't happen, it just makes it deniable, but deniability is often enough for the rich and powerful. You know what provision would be worth fighting against? A provision allowing the police or other officials to confiscate or destroy surveillance footage.
Hiding in the dark is a bad plan. There are always other, far worse things hiding in the dark with you. That's why DADT was a despicable compromise. Freedom predicated on pretending to be something you're not is scarcely freedom at all. Shine sunlight everywhere you can and watch the roaches run for cover.
Yeah, I read The Transparent Society too. You're ignoring the part about asymmetry and power differentials.
I have always wondered why someone as intelligent, charismatic, and wealthy as you would rather spend his wealth on a nightclub than on firing some effective shots against this development.
He's doing both, you dork! Creating nightlife entertainment in SF is equivalently doing what he loves and firing effective shots against all this. They are the same thing.
Did you miss the part about how he all but coined the term "War on Fun", successfully removed the bullshit on his latest permit, and then alerted everyone else in SF about it? Every club owner in SF reads this blog. Now they all know to protest their restrictions before signing. We hope all the future ones do, too.
On second thought, fuck you, asshole. jwz shouldn't waste his life on a mere nightclub?! Nightclub people are stupid, inept, and poor?
Doing something enjoyable is not a lesser cause than your personal political activism.
jwz is rich, therefore he must dedicate his life to fighting the power?
Did they make any technical specifications as to the recordings or would you, if your arguments have failed, have been able to say 'Here it is, 1x1 pixel resolution, 1 bit depth, 1/3600 Hz...'?