Re: Weasels vs. transparancy / traffic cameras

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 09:01:27 MDT

On Mon, May 22, 2000 at 10:04:36AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > and I hesitate to call _anyone_ to carries an M-16 a "dissident".
> did SAS kill dissidents? ... check

Please note the distinction between peaceful dissidents and armed terrorists.

> Is there an Official Secrets Act? ... check (and how is the FOI Act any
> different? New name the same dog?)

And the US, of course, keeps no official secrets?

Wasn't it you who criticised me once before, suggesting I thought I knew
the whole story about everything that goes on?

> You say the income tax is lower? What are the brackets, the percentages? What are the deductions? What is the cost of living?
> Value added tax? ... check

Since when exactly was the level of taxation directly inversely
proportional to how 'free' a country is? Unless one is arguing for a
system of no taxation and public services at all, the specifics seem
somewhat irrelevant.

Would you cut all taxation? Make all public services optional private ones?

Including policing? (threads merge...)

(interestingly, the UK has been, and is continuing, to privatise
numerous industries)

BTW, I'm only dabbling in this particular 'discussion'. I've got work to do.


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