We can – and should – applaud the attempted reach here. For we’ve the coining of a new concept, terror capitalism, and the definition is the horrible things that states do to unfree citizenry. We can agree that this could, with a little stretch, be called terror but the alliance with capitalism is somewhat unclear:
Gulzira was one of the millions of targets of a global phenomenon we call “terror capitalism”. Terror capitalism justifies the exploitation of subjugated populations by defining them as potential terrorists or security threats. It primarily generates profits in three interconnected ways. First, lucrative state contracts are given to private corporations to build and deploy policing technologies that surveil and manage target groups. Then, using the vast amounts of biometric and social media data extracted from those groups, the private companies improve their technologies and sell retail versions of them to other states and institutions, such as schools. Finally, all this turns the target groups into a ready source of cheap labor – either through direct coercion or indirectly through stigma.
It’s worth pondering, certainly.
So, if these technologies were available to Joseph Stalin would he have used them? I think the answer there is yes. In fact, Stalin did use his then current day versions of all of those things. He also locked up everyone he didn’t like into camps and made them labour for the good of the state.
That is, we’ve got the Gulag being described as capitalism.
So, we’ve now pondered and it’s nonsense, isn’t it?