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  •  Not meaning to be cynical, but, since there (0+ / 0-)

    is no evidence that the freedom of the press did anything to guarantee the liberty of slaves at the inception of the nation or to prevent the internment of citizens during the Second World War, the freedom of the press as the guarantor of liberty is not to be relied on. Never mind that the mis-named Bill of Rights has no enforcement provisions. If civil or human rights are violated by agents of government, only the citizenry can provide compensatory action by removing the malefactors.
    If I meant to be cynical, I'd argue that, since it is better for authorities to know who's discontented and about what, freedom of the press and of speech are good management tools. Better that insurgents be overt than working in secret.
    Finally, it needs to be routinely pointed out that the PATRIOT Act was cobbled together and promulgated by Congress. Our representatives have legitimated spying on inoffensive people on a hunch that they might be thinking of plotting offensive acts. Making spying legal serves no purpose but to preempt the possibility that guaranteeing respect for personal privacy might gain traction. Why is respect for personal privacy to be avoided? Because respecting a person's privacy and bodily integrity calls for a lot more restraint than keeping one's hands off other people's private property. If personal privacy were the standard, simple assault would be transformed into a serious crime. It would have an effect comparable to downgrading our legislative potentates into public servants. Moreover, if nobody can be beaten with impunity, it will spell the end of hierarchy.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:11:20 AM PDT

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