Re: law enforcement for profit

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 21:51:21 MDT

>From: Eugene Leitl <>
>Zero Powers writes:
> > Surveillance has *nothing* to do with freedom. You are free now to do
>No, of course not. Nothing at all. Slavery is freedom.

This is like the umpteen millionth time someone has posted "slavery is
freedom" in these surveillance threads. And it still has just as little
persuasive power as the first time. For the future, assume that everyone on
the list assumes that you have read _1984_.

>Currently, you can do a lot of perfectly innocuous, but illegal
>things, which won't result in any persecution, because no one will
>ever find out about it.

Exactly my point. *All* criminals rationalize their crimes ("I had to rob
that store in order to survive"; "She deserved to be raped, look at the way
she was dressed"; "Of course I cheat on my taxes, I don't agree with what
Uncle Sam spends my money on", etc. etc.) So merely because you rationalize
your crimes as being "innocuous" does not deprive them of their illegality.

>Do you want to make many people miserable, you included? Then, vote
>for transparent society.

I, like most law-abiding citizens, have absolutely nothing to fear from a
transparent society. If your deeds are good, you have no interest in
keeping them secret. If you are willing to fight tooth and nail to keep
your deeds hidden..., well do the math.


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