I used to tell my students that they could "think it all they wanted, but they couldn't say it". This, of course, was in reference to the kind of adolescent verbal abuse that's pretty common. I also believe that the only truly free place you have is in your own mind. Sometimes it does seem that the government, as an agent of the Corporatocracy, would love to control that too. I've commented before that to control your actions they don't have to be watching you all of the time, they just have to convince you that they are. Are all of the surveillance cameras real or just some? If the sign says that speed is being monitored by radar, is it really? I read a sci-fi short story once about a dystopian future where every word and movement was monitored. There were countless, lethal devices that would immediately execute anyone not in compliance with the government and there were a constant number of "traitors" being killed daily. Everyone assumed that they died because they had said or done something against the government. In truth, no one was being monitored at all and the executions were purely random. However, this system cowed the populace into submission and obedience. As in the Wizard of Oz, when the Great and Powerful Oz says "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain". Throughout history, no dictatorial system has ever been able to permanently enslave it's people. Eventually, a "tipping" point is reached and either internal or external forces have thrown off the yoke of slavery; many times at a great cost. I don't think we are even close to that tipping point. In a way we have always been slaves, with only an illusion of freedom. If you think you own anything, try not paying taxes. The trick to maintaining control today, is to never let the slaves realize they are enslaved. The greatest tool, unavailable to ancient despots, to control today's populations, is information technology. We may very well be on the verge of a system of "government" that is total in it's ability to gather and use the information it needs to insure a permanent choke-hold on it's citizens.