RE: law enforcement for profit

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri May 05 2000 - 22:32:39 MDT

>From: "Billy Brown" <>

>Eugene Leitl wrote:

> > Most of list subscribers probably don't understand the mechanics and
> > the scope of control present in totalitarian states, not having lived
> > in one. Why do you think it can never happen here?
>It could very easily happen here.

There has never in the history of humanity been a nation which allows its
citizens as many freedoms as ours. There has similarly never been a
government which is as accountable to the populace as ours is. There has
never before been a nation in which the press has had an absolutely
unfettered right to criticize the government. There has never before been a
populace which has been as well educated and informed as we are now. There
has never been a time where the average citizen could reach as wide an
audience as any member of the media or the goverment until now.

I mean come on! In light of the recent thread regarding politeness, I will
guard my words as much as possible. I am *not* calling anyone here stupid.
But, it seems to me that to believe that America of 2000 a.d. could somehow
suddenly devolve "very easily" into a totalitarian state is..., well...,
um..., way, way, very much less than reasonable?


"I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
--Thomas Jefferson

Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Jul 27 2000 - 14:10:33 MDT