Major conspiracy theorists propose that problem–reaction–solution (PRS) functions as a mechanism for constructing and exaggerating social problems to garner populist support for the implementation (imposition) of laws that society would normally deem unacceptable.

I am not a Major Conspiracy Theorist. Obviously, I reject the idea that dubious mechanisms are deployed to shape the norms of society. If one were to check with trusted and authoritative sources such as the BBC or CNN, I am sure they will confirm that such thoughts are nothing more than the debunked, paranoid, anti-establishment ramblings of the mentally ill…

Having made my position clear, I will note that the ground has shifted significantly over the past two years as we have moved inexorably towards an authoritarianism unthinkable only months ago. We must accept the expansion of powers by governments across the world as a valid, measured, response to a real threat. The crushing physical force and psychosis-inducing social pressure being applied must be the last resort to avert a greater harm. We are forced to accept this because anything else would be simply unthinkable.

The Overton Window

However, keeping just one eye open to the possibility that the PTB are at it again, perhaps we can draw lines in the sand going forward to ensure that we are not caught off guard by the kind of mass social psychosis that tends to sweep through every century or so. For example, wouldn’t it be suspicious if our governments were to take the temporary powers granted for this emergency and make them permanent, or even expand them and apply them to other long felt thorns in the side of centralized power?

Two ‘tells‘ that spring into my mind which might hint at nefarious motives might be:
Vaxxine passports morphing into Social Credit
Game plans for biological pandademics spreading into cyberspace

For me, alarm bells will start ringing if governments suggest coupling use-cases for social credit, such as central-bank digital wallets or carbon credit accounts into our digital Vax IDs. I will feel the same if I start hearing language like ‘devices of concern’, ‘internet lockdowns’, or ‘digital quarantine’…

If you are familiar with my books, you will know that I believe strongly in freedom and decentralization.
CypherPunk and OpenSource are two lights in the darkness.
Let’s hope Linux-user never becomes a social stigma like antivaxxer.

Artist Feature – Zivko Kondić

I used to enjoy featuring the work of Science Fiction artists on my Blog. It was cool to see what people were making and shine a light on other creators. Things do tend to get hectic with writing and publishing and I have became remiss— let’s correct that!

First up, Živko Kondić, a Serbian painter, who draws inspiration from science fiction to create some truly unique pieces of art.

Interview with Živko Kondić

Sunset of a Dozen Suns by Živko Kondić

What inspires you to make sci-fi art? TV shows, books, other artists, etc.?

From when I can remember, I liked to fantasize, and I think the first introduction to SF were movies and comics. When I was growing up, media was scarce in war-torn Yugoslavia, but the nineties gave us some cult SF movies, comics and cartoons that opened the doors for me. I began reading SF books by authors like Clarke first, he was “THE” SF author, but then I discovered I prefer the stylings of Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Vernor Vinge, Ken MacLeod, even Kim Stanley Robinson, whose Mars trilogy was one of my favorite reads back in the day. Along with art and tv-shows, it all influenced me to explore and find my own way.

Transmitter Station by Živko Kondić

Which of your pieces is your favorite? Why?

One of my favorite pieces is “The Powerplant”, an oldie from 2016. I owe that piece my entire life probably. It’s one of those works that defined what I want to do. To be honest, it also sold really well, which helped me live off art. I can see many faults now, but it’s dear to my heart and still remains my most sold and printed artwork.

The Powerplant by Živko Kondić

What’s your technique like? Do you finish pieces in a single sitting or spread them out over multiple days?

I am the multiple-sitting guy. Sometimes it takes a year to get something done! I usually start my art with small thumbnails directly in color, to just solidify what I want to present. Then I just resize, add details and do this multiple times until the image turns out the way I like. It is all personal art, so there’s no rush. Sometimes I change things drastically, mid-process. Sometimes the image doesn’t really change from the initial one. Many times I will livestream the process on Twitch

Finally, of all the future technology consistently theorized across all forms of media (teleportation, instant communication, genetic editing, spaceflight, cloning, etc.), what would you like to see the most?

I would love for our civilization to enter the post-scarcity era so much. So, nuclear fusion, solar mirrors/arrays and other ways to exploit solar energy, ending dependence on fossil fuels. I would love for each person on earth to live a peaceful, plentiful life not bound to an exploitatory system. Also curing diseases, yes, please.

Arctic Egyptians by Živko Kondić

Many thanks to Živko for sharing his work and inspiration.
If you would like to keep up with his work, make sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram, or Pateron.

Tesla to Build Asimov Style Humanoid Robots!

The Future is Officially Here!
Asimov style, humanoid robots are soon to be a thing! Elon seems to be single-handedly creating the future that the other comfortable, grey-skinned, monopolist, bureaucrat, CEOs are happy to ridicule.

Maybe they should have read more SciFi?
It’s not too late to start!

Steven from Solving the Money Problem feels the same way I do:

I love the fact that the thing looks sleek, and friendly, just as Asimov described, small enough not to be intimidating, slow enough to run away from…

If the shit hits the fan and the machines rise up, at least we will be able to plough through them in our Cybertrucks!