Planning on riding MetroRail? Don't bring a camera!
When they passed the ijit USA PATRIOT Act, I said "Alea iacta est," and all my friends said "What?"
After I 'splained, they looked at me like I was crazy and kept on saying, "What?"
Y' broke freedom. We broke it and way too damn many of us cheered it on. Not by laws, really; the USA PATRIOT Act hasn't seen widespread application against you and me, but by accepting and encouraging a fundamental change in attitude, another one of Garet Garrett's "Revolutions within the form."
I have long maintained that 1913 was the knee of the curve and that the New Deal greased the skids; but to break the metaphor, over the last eight-plus years, the bottom has done fell out.
I don't think we're gonna be able to fix it. Slow it up a little, maybe; put some bobbles in it before the last bit of freedom has gone smash, sure; the Roman Empire went under in a long, slow death and our civilization is no less robust -- but you are less free than your grandfather and your children and grandchildren will be less free than you were. The overall trend is not going to change until the next reboot -- if then.
(Radley Balko and a couple of brave fellows did all the heavy lifting on this one).
Related: Don't Report Freelance From The Oil Spill! Hat tip to The Underground Carpenter, who linked it first.
4 months ago