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  •  LAPD hosted a press conference (4+ / 0-)
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    in the middle, while arrests were still going on, to set the spin that everything went swimmingly.

    What we need to understand is that "consent" has taken on new significance.  Conservatives argue that in having consented to the Constitution, the people have surrendered their authority to their elected "representatives" in perpetuity.  A more modern spin on "consent" suggests that individual rights are dependent on whether an individual insists on having them respected.  So, for example, a person who's been arrested but does not insist on legal representation, gets none, and a person who fails to insist on the right to remain silent (by speaking) can be interrogated indefinitely on the basis of an implied/informed consent.  What that means, in effect, is that if a person does not object to being abused (falsely arrested), then the abuse (similar to how rape used to be treated) becomes inoffensive.

    No longer are our agents of government subject to moral standards of behavior.  They can do whatever their victims let them get away with.  We see the same line of thinking in financial fraud, which is rendered non-fraudulent if the victims can be persuaded to go along with their own deprivation with disclaimers in the small print.
    One could also say it's the evolution of "buyer beware"--the objects of malfeasance are defined as their origins or prompts. Moral sanctions are assigned to victims rather than agents.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 09:59:47 AM PST

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