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  •  People are offensive to agents of government (10+ / 0-)

    who have gotten used to going unobserved. These are not casual visitors who won't see much and whose presence can be ignored.  These are like hall monitors and keep the agents on their toes. What can go on in the building is constricted by always having to be aware that someone's watching.

    Are the protesters are aware of their monitoring function? Do they know they are interfering with the sense of autonomy our agents of government have come to expect and don't relish losing?  Since the advent of public information laws, they've accommodated themselves to public meetings which are tightly programmed and rehearsed in private committee meetings.  They've acquired public information officers to control the flow of information. Because information is the most precious entity. Information is the key to power. If the public knows, the "rulers" are powerless.
    Public access to information has only been written into law since the nineteen sixties. Participatory democracy is still young, relatively speaking.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 12:50:48 AM PDT

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    •  I always appreciate your take on things. (6+ / 0-)

      I think we all need to understand our role as watchers.

      I'm pretty sure we do here in WI. The "no cameras in Assembly" breach of the WI Constitution is so clearly about blinding the watchers. The black paper on the Assembly chamber windows is so clearly about blinding the watchers. The illegal meetings are so clearly about blinding the watchers.

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