If you can't tell democracy from freedom, what you get is democracy instead of freedom.
We may term this the American Lesson.
"Those of us interested in building a free society have to face certain inconvenient facts about human psychology. One of the most inconvenient is that the majority of people are conspiracy theorists. Most people believe that there is a massive conspiracy by the rich and powerful to help and protect the average citizen."
Let me repeat the heartmeat of that quote: a massive conspiracy by the rich and powerful to help and protect the average citizen.
The Google Gods must be smilin' on me today: I've been searching for the source of that phrase for years. It seems to strike directly to, well, the root of our little tyranny problem. (If you know an earlier source for the notion of a conspiracy by the rich and powerful to benefit us, please let me know.)
I don't reject "conspiracy theory" out of hand - indeed, is there a sillier, or more pernicious, concept abroad than the contention that no conspiracies exist and those who claim to perceive them can be ab initio dismissed as crackpots who cannot possibly have anything worthwhile to say? If you've fallen prey to that habit, one of these days I'll write an essay to kindly and gently pound that nonsense out your head.
Clearly, all conspiracy "theories" - okay, it's an imprecise usage: suffer it - aren't right. Any more than any other models, hypotheses, or explanations are all correct. Isn't it obvious that the conspiracy theory outlined above isn't right? Do you really believe such a conspiracy exists, or ever has, or will?
Yet isn't that what any of us really is saying, when we claim the State exists to do good things for us? That there exists a massive conspiracy by the rich and powerful to help and protect you?
Why should the State ever do anything with the primary goal of benefiting you?
Two entries earlier today on Drudge foretell the future of America:
and right below that:
The first, which has been out on the line a couple days already, is bad enough. The second is the cherry on top.
The first - which describes the plan to bring the War in Iraq home by establishing Fallujah-style entry controls on neighborhoods in Washington, DC - tells us what it's all about. The crushing of Iraq was prelude to the crushing of liberty in America. It really is that simple.
The second emphasizes a second horrific truth, which also should already have become obvious over the last few years: no one in government is accountable for anything.
Now, for all I know the officer acquitted in the Haditha murders really was a blameless scapegoat; it still points the way to the future. The only way anyone in government is brought to account these days is when a scapegoat is needed, or for purely political reasons - in which case that person's guilt or innocence is as irrelevant to the government's actions as yours is if an ambitious prosecutor (the most dangerous species of predator in America) decides to go for your blood.
So this is what's coming to your neighborhood. Enjoy!