How far down the Mussolini State road have we gone as a society?

"It's a dangerous question [somewhat jokingly said]. ... It's way further than I would like. On the other hand we have conferences like this [Stanford Academic Freedom], we can talk about things. A lot of things we get in trouble for but we can still talk about them in small groups, anonymously. There are parts of the internet that have been taken over by the State but the internet still is in some ways more free than it was 20 years ago. ... There's an uncomfortable entanglement that the US has with China, where we're rivals but the danger is always, 'You have to chose your enemies well because you'll soon be just like them,' and are we going to copy the same sort of surveillance totalitarian AI that China has and impose that in the US?" - Peter Thiel