Social Mood Conference | Socionomics Foundation
By Alan Hall | Excerpted from the September 2011 Socionomist

[Ed: The authoritarianism / anti-authoritarianism battle is heating up, as authoritarians around the globe accelerate their efforts to institutionalize cultures of surveillance and control. In this September 2011 article, socionomist Alan Hall presents multiple events from June to September 2011 that exemplify this trend. Here is an excerpt of the report.]

The Massachusetts state government plans to create a database to track drivers’ movements via scanners mounted on police cruisers. Each scanner can read thousands of license plates per hour; Massachusetts’ database would store the information indefinitely. What worries Massachusetts’ anti-authoritarians is the state’s plans to store data on all citizens, not just criminals. The state’s civil libertarians are gearing up for a battle against what they refer to as “the Big Brother database.”1

Licensed to Scan: A police officer in Lomita, California operates a license plate reader.

Licensed to Scan: A police officer in Lomita, California operates a license plate reader.

New laws in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina tighten the screws on immigrants who lack papers. The laws force businesses to fire undocumented immigrants; they also enable local police to demand documents from anyone they regard as suspicious and to detain and arrest suspects without warrants.2

Eye on Immigrants: Following a traffic stop in Gwinnett County, Georgia, police detain 10 suspected illegal immigrants who were believed to be involved in a human-smuggling ring.

Eye on Immigrants: Following a traffic stop in Gwinnett County, Georgia, police detain 10 suspected illegal immigrants who were believed to be involved in a human-smuggling ring.

Gordon Frazer, head of Microsoft’s operations in the United Kingdom, admitted that data that the company stores in facilities in the European Union are not immune to United States’ Patriot-Act seizures. Microsoft is headquartered in the U.S. and therefore has to comply with the law, Frazer explained.3 The Patriot Act increased authorities’ power to monitor communications and search medical, financial and other records. The act was instituted in 2001 during a Cycle-degree social mood decline—in keeping with bear-market mood at the time.

San Francisco’s mass transit system blocked cell phone service at a number of transit stations in an attempt to thwart recent protests that were coordinated via social networks. The hacker group Anonymous then retaliated by posting contact information for more than 2,000 transit system customers.4 The hackers also posted online an embarrassing nude photo of the chief spokesman of Bay Area Rapid Transit, who had taken responsibility for the cell phone blackout.5


Author Alan Hall provides ten more instances of repression and surveillance around the globe – such as state-backed disappearances, Internet lockdowns, and indefinite detentions of prisoners – that will only worsen when smaller-degree social mood resumes its slide.

Want more content like this?

The Socionomist is the only monthly publication that offers you practical insights on the relationship between social mood, financial markets and cultural trends. Each issue warns you about big societal changes before they can harm you and reveals breakthrough opportunities emerging from trends in society.

Learn more about The Socionomist now.

(Socionomics Members: Log in for the full article and your complete, exclusive archive.)

Socionomics InstituteThe Socionomist is a monthly online magazine designed to help readers see and capitalize on the waves of social mood that contantly occur throughout the world. It is published by the Socionomics Institute, Robert R. Prechter, president; Matt Lampert, editor-in-chief; Alyssa Hayden, editor; Alan Hall and Chuck Thompson, staff writers; Dave Allman and Pete Kendall, editorial direction; Chuck Thompson, production; Ben Hall, proofreader.

For subscription matters, contact Customer Care: Call 770-536-0309 (internationally) or 800-336-1618 (within the U.S.). Or email

We are always interested in guest submissions. Please email manuscripts and proposals to Chuck Thompson via Mailing address: P.O. Box 1618, Gainesville, Georgia, 30503, U.S.A. Phone 770-536-0309. Please consult the submission guidelines located at

For our latest offerings: Visit our website,, listing BOOKS, DVDs and more.

Correspondence is welcome, but volume of mail often precludes a reply. Whether it is a general inquiry, socionomics commentary or a research idea, you can email us at

Most economists, historians and sociologists presume that events determine society’s mood. But socionomics hypothesizes the opposite: that social mood regulates the character of social events. The events of history—such as investment booms and busts, political events, macroeconomic trends and even peace and war—are the products of a naturally occurring pattern of social-mood fluctuation. Such events, therefore, are not randomly distributed, as is commonly believed, but are in fact probabilistically predictable. Socionomics also posits that the stock market is the best available meter of a society’s aggregate mood, that news is irrelevant to social mood, and that financial and economic decision-making are fundamentally different in that financial decisions are motivated by the herding impulse while economic choices are guided by supply and demand. For more information about socionomic theory, see (1) the text, The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior © 1999, by Robert Prechter; (2) the introductory documentary History's Hidden Engine; (3) the video Toward a New Science of Social Prediction, Prechter’s 2004 speech before the London School of Economics in which he presents evidence to support his socionomic hypothesis; and (4) the Socionomics Institute’s website, At no time will the Socionomics Institute make specific recommendations about a course of action for any specific person, and at no time may a reader, caller or viewer be justified in inferring that any such advice is intended.

All contents copyright © 2023 Socionomics Institute. All rights reserved. Feel free to quote, cite or review, giving full credit. Typos and other such errors may be corrected after initial posting.