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Continuing the Conversation
On 5/12/22 we featured Scott Beyer from Market Urbanism Report
Can Smart Cities Make Metropolises Work for both the Market and Libertarians
Every Wednesday your Freedom Hub (founded by Jeff Kanter and Charles Frohman) hosts two Zoom calls. One is at 4pm, the other at 7pm. The 4pm call is eclectic (often regarding our liberties…or disappearing liberties) and the 7pm usually is centered around practitioners who use a cash-based practice and what they do. These are recorded and archived. There are over 90 to date!
That was a question asked at a Smart City conference a decade ago in London, one of the “smartest” cities in the world. With COVID rightly being seen as a set up for importing Communist behavioral controls, and having exposed the government as a tool of the powerful, self-thinking Americans are rightly demanding details on what planners mean by “smart”.
It relies, for example, on an internet of Things, with radio frequency antennas creating a mesh of radiation whose dangers the government has suppressed on behalf of its special interest biotech funders as much as Pharma special interests have suppressed the dangers of vaccines. Congress is waking up to the dangers of Pharma, but it seems blithely unaware of Telecom’s similar capture of the FCC.
This mesh of unrecognized radiation dangers couples with the panopticon danger Jeremy Bentham envisioned in the 1790s - where mass surveillance tracks our every move. Spotting crime in every corner of the city, or knowing how to get to work unhindered by congestion seem great reasons for a smart city, but Big Brother’s eye and unremitting radiation don’t come with Informed Consent.
When can Smart Cities be valuable to taxpayers? Perhaps in open source tracking of government politicians and what they fund. Scott Beyer writes about urban modernization, for his consultancy as well as for the eminent Independent Institute. He advocates for better housing, transport, zoning and other city policies. Cities make fascinating destinations and places to live, and we like progress. But we also like values, privacy and liability for those that harm us. So what should a “Smart” city pursue?