An Achievement in Animation
One of my favorite animated films (in fact, films period) is Katsuhiro Otomo’s groundbreaking 1988 science-fiction thriller “Akira.” The film is set in Neo-Tokyo following disastrous nuclear war. Delinquent street youth war with each other over turf in spectacular motorcycle chase-battles. One of these youth develops mysterious telekinetic powers, which makes him of interest to the city’s military-security force. At war with the government is a small band of freedom fighters (though in the film they are more or less terrorists) being aided by one of the city’s top councilmen. I won’t spoil the ending for you – I want you to watch it!
A Comparison of the Police State in Akira Compared to Diverse America’s Police State
Neo-Tokyo, much like today’s West, is a high-tech, militarized police state. While the military is nominally separate from the police, the police are so heavily equipped that the two would be interchangeable. This is also the case in the diverse America of 2016, as shown below.
The police in the film are equipped with armored vehicles which bear a striking resemblance to the Bearcat. The vehicle is extremely popular with SWAT teams, and boasts multiple gunports, and the capability to inject buildings with tear gas. The Bearcat would never have gotten off the drafting board in a homogeneous white America, but is a necessity to keep order in a multi-racial empire.
There are some differences. In the film, the oppression is entirely perpetrated by government. In America however, any meeting, speech, or public event held by media-designated thought criminals (“racists”, “homophobes”, et. al.) is immediately pounced upon by billionaire-funded leftist terror squads. We saw this activity repeatedly during the Presidential election, where Trump supporters were chased down and attacked in the streets by the worst human garbage the Democratic Party could hire.
In the film, the government is at war with terrorists (the freedom fighters), but does not seek to empower them. In today’s America, terrorism is a useful tool of statecraft and policymaking. Our government does much to exacerbate the terrorism situation by importing Muslims from the hostile Islamic world. As Samuel Francis said, “Immigration is the Viagra of the State.” The government imports terror so it can grow its power in the name of fighting terror.
What Wasn’t in Akira: the Electronic Corporate Police State
Otomo could never have imagined the explosive growth of computing and memory storage technologies that would have taken place over the decades following the release of Akira. Three of these stand out: the rise of the drone, cloud storage technologies, and powerful artificial intelligence algorithms. This triple threat of technologies has vastly decreased the costs associated with monitoring and enforcement of political orthodoxy.
He also could never have imagined the massive powers that would be exercised over vast populations by transnational corporations and international banks. Virtually all of the mass surveillance technologies discussed further ahead have been pioneered by corporate America. The government could never have gotten the authority or power to create a dossier on the private life of every American citizen – but the tech industry was happy to hand it over to them, without firing a shot. All it takes is one slip-up, and your employer hands you a pink slip and blackballs you from your industry.
There are numerous articles on the internet that display the depths to which freedom has sunk due to the advancement of surveillance technology. Baltimore has been watched continuously using drones equipped with sophisticated high-resolution camera arrays and snazzy image identification software. Not content with spying on the entire city’s movements, the Baltimore police have been caught using Stingrays for mass surveillance of cell phone traffic. Bulk surveillance of the internet was unmasked by Edward Snowden, but public discontent is hardly a concern for Western governments these days. Courts are eager to legalize mass hacking in the government’s quest for total information dominance.
Encryption is likely be rendered illegal in the future, as (imported) terrorists will eventually use encrypted messaging systems to mask their activities, justifying a crackdown on private communications. Virtually every level of government in the West wants encryption either banned from public access, or equipped with “backdoors” so that governments can access the information freely.
The Fourth Amendment is a bloody stump of its original intent.
Immigration Fuels the Police State
Upon reflection, it is unsurprising that the America of today is actually more oppressive than Neo-Tokyo’s. In the film, the society is homogeneous and composed entirely of Japanese people, while the America of today is a boiling pot of warring racial tribes. It is entirely predictable that even more coercive state power would be required to hold this multi-ethnic empire together.
And it is only going to get worse unless immigration is brought under control. If it is not, we can look forward to living in a crime-ridden Third-World hellhole, while billionaires live in glorious castles and visit each other via helipad, gawking with humor at the high-tech outdoor prison that used to be the United States of America.