This article about the behavior-altering effects of living in a security state is a reminder to me to find the part of Marias's Your Face Tomorrow where he talks about "loose lips sink ships"-type campaigns during World War II. Marias presents a quite convincing argument that they increased the frequency with which people told their secrets, whether trivial or substantial, that they encouraged people to conflate the two (because you never know what an enemy spy might find useful!), and damaged the social fabric by convincing people not to trust each other. Some or all of these may come into play now, as well.

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