One of the most striking things I’ve found while reading the early WIRED back catalog is how quaint the discussions of governmental surveillance were. The magazine directed limitless outrage at any attempt by the government to regulate, censor, or surveil online behavior.
"The same tech libertarians who were constantly outraged by the intrusion of government into online spaces saw nothing wrong with corporate surveillance."
Well said. Libertarians are blind to corporate power (for a reason I never fully understood).
This points at one of the roots of our current problems. There is no credible ideology anymore that defends democracy.
The liberalism of Locke and Smith was a weapon against the ruling class. The liberalism of today bought (or was bought) into supporting the ruling class.