Someone mentioned in comments, a few days ago, that the State could not find a way to reproduce the cattle (us) while at the same time utterly destroying the family. I replied that there was a way, it’s in Panoptica, but I wasn’t going to say what it was in case it came true.
It just came true. The start of it, anyway. In the world that story is heading into, you don’t need many fertile males. One ram can service many sheep even if he has never met any of them. Once the preferences are established, the available range will diminish. Then those mothers giving birth to the ‘wrong sort’ of child will reject them and the Farmers get to have their very dark fun. The sterilised males can operate as drones to run simple tasks. The excess… oh, dealing with the excess is already well under way anyway.
I’m really only a few years ahead with the ‘fiction’ here, you know. If it takes me two years to finish, it really will be a documentary.
It really does call into question what the NHS is actually for, doesn’t it? They don’t want to treat diseases they don’t approve of. Increasingly, if you have one of the non-approved diseases you are assumed to have ignored their instructions on how to live (this too is in Panoptica but it’s not new, it’s already been true for some time).They do want to change body shape and even gender when it suits them. They do want you to live as directed even when they don’t. They are the farmers, we are the farmed, as far as they are concerned. We are a commodity.
If a real farmer wants to cull some excess bulls, he merely leads them into a truck and sends them off to slaughter. The rest of the herd are none the wiser. That won’t work with humans, we notice when people we know disappear. So the farmers have to make us eject the unwanted from the herd ourselves.
Easy. Give them technology they really can’t understand and then send them something illegal and let them think they’ve deleted it. Then arrest them for possession of the illegal thing you sent them. You know they have it and you know they cannot work out how to get rid of it.
Note that the story does not say what the ‘unrelated matter’ was that caused their original arrest, nor why the police searched their phones. A test run?
That wasn’t part of Panoptica, I have something different to get 10538 into deep trouble. Something that would get you in trouble now, but not as much trouble as in the (possibly very near) future.
I might incorporate it though. Might as well steal from real life. It seems to be stealing from me all the time.