It started with SMRTTid. Every business, every government body, was able to identify you and link all of your activities together. Then a repressive fundamentalist regime came into office, and began dismantling rights that Americans had held sacred for generations — privacy and due process.
As the Federal government splintered, so, too, did our civil rights. Individual states remade societies in their own image, bringing back such evils as segregation, anti-miscegenation laws, and adding new restrictions against teaching about or practicing “foreign” cultures. Gay people returned to the dark days in which they had no meaningful protection under the law. The ability to travel between states freely was restricted. Immigration was throttled or halted.
Ultimately, even history was outlawed. And those who cannot learn history are doomed to repeat it.