Considering the usefulness of the dual nature of terminology I noticed that when the entire room of us were being processed by the two security agents that a couple had unauthorized devices that the were desirous to retain. We all sat compliant in rows next tow each other at the long tables. A room of thirty to forty men dressed primarily in business suits. The request was that we were to present both personal communication devices and two credit cards to the agent on hand who went one on one before each subject of evaluation asking them pertinent details about themselves and filling out a dossier on each. It was grueling work and given the influx of people into the land in recent years private contractors had to be hired to attempt to keep up with the flow. As metal detectors though useful had been found to be inadequate given the cleverness of the warring insurgent groups the need for a more comprehensive form of vetting on a one to one basis was instituted. It was not uncommon to see the same agents being contractors at multiple events as such was the case that was noticed here. In a curt respectful whisper, this point was offered to the customary professional indifference of one of the male interrogators who was taking a moment’s respite between clients. It was anybody’s guess what he made of this in that remote corner of his own private opinions. They were strictly bound to rules of protocol as rigidly as the people that they interviewed. It was a matter of both pride and survival that they performed their task both efficiently and with respectful decorum. The average tone of conversation outside of the normal round of questioning being an almost over polite whisper. This was partly out of the necessity maintain privacy of their clients most of which though under constant vetting traveling from place to place in their daily existence could go through the same process on the basis of a spur of the moment demand as many times as three or four times before they returned home to their designated home living spaces. The state had set up standards that insured the maximum standards of social privacy balanced carefully with absolute accuracy in determining who posed a danger to the social order of the community. That was why anyone who carried instruments of communication that had been ‘hepped up’ to perform in a manner that far exceeded their quota of their expected bandwidth or access with ferreted out and subject to penalty. The hypocrisy of past overreaches by the governing bodies had been expunged and the current social order while confining on personal freedoms was scrupulously moral in its operation. The borders around the homeland being tight and secure through the application of the newest technologies that were ceaselessly upgrades made it unnecessary to employ elected officials to revise the statutes by which all were bound. As all living within this social construct were now in actual fact equal under the law in evaluation with no exceptions made the era of social unrest had come to an end. Focus groups actively engaged in evaluating every possible topic governing human endeavor made the necessary adjustments. All the common citizen had to do was marshal all their energies on their own particular life and no longer be concerned how the culture would be run. Civility and a sense of security that rivaled the womb was now the norm. There were still aggravating practices that slightly rankled when one was sequestered in one of these exercises. A new contractor might for example use a stapler to affix one’s credit cards to their forms. Within the limits of decorum a soft comment pointing this lapse out could at times be met with an unresponsive bureaucratic lack of observance of the possible damage caused and an equal potential for creating minor havoc due to having to go through the procedures with a corporate body to get the units replaced. The protocols of proper demeanor favoring the immediate show of respect for the process at hand and official apologies offered by third parties after the fact for any inconveniences caused. No one tolerated outbursts of extreme emotion that might upset other citizens in close proximity. That type os selfishness performed by a lone individual had been bred out as unproductive and destabilizing to the general well-being. The assurance of the larger system in play being that it was sincere in its ceaseless efforts to treat all both fairly and promptly to the letter of the current statute. Thus the Utopian ideal of total lasting civil democracy in both promise and actual administration was insured.
The Worker’s State