LRO 332: “Chronicle of Malaise: The Secret”


When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)

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LRO 332
16th March 2022


Chronicle of Malaise: The Secret
Marie-Hélène Brousse | Paris, France

When a kitten is brought to the vet for the first time, the vet will chip it and check that the device works for identification. This chip contains some other information. As I watched the vet do this, I couldn’t help but think that in the near future humans will probably have their own chip. Our mobile phones already perform certain functions and contribute to our ‘traceability.’ Remember the masterpiece The Wire,[1] which Wikipedia now calls “the best series of all time.” The drug dealers only used anonymous mobile phones, which they threw away as soon as they had used them once. The current debates, both in public and in the National Assembly, on the “health pass” linked to the epidemic and the political importance of health issues today, bear witness to the difficult dialectic between freedom and health since the development of medicine and the life sciences…. [Read full article]

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