3 thoughts on “To ponder

  1. This country is becoming an ever more frightening place. Most frightening of all is the very mild degree of outrage from either the public or courts at this kind of thing as if we’ve traded our souls for internet access. Wasn’t it Franklin who said that those who give up liberty for security deserve neither and will probably lose both? Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:25:07 +0000 To:

    • There is, in addition to this, a separate move by the Department of Justice ( which is becoming Orwellian speak) to mandate that all websites be compliant with the American Disabilities Act. To wit, websites are judged to be ‘public accomodations’ and must, therefore, make themselves suitable for the blind, the mentally challenged (I take this to mean politicians of all stripes), the physically handicapped, et.al.

      Small websites, of course, will not be able to pay for such ‘compliance’ (special formats, fonts to order, etc.) and so will shut down. Discourse and its cousin, Criticism, will disappear as the Internet becomes an extension of government promulgations.

      (See here for other details: http://blog.simplejustice.us/2015/06/14/the-public-accommodation-formerly-known-as-sj/ )

  2. Does the constitution assure our right to privacy? I would think that protection from arbitrary search and seizure would do that, but I have heard complicated arguments made both ways. It seems that the Founding Fathers, who could not possibly have envisioned the internet (or telephone), could not have had any relevant thoughts on the matter. The argument “If you have nothing to hide…” has surely been applied by every authoritarian regime in history to deny individual privacy [privacy: the realm of secret (potentially subversive) thoughts and images]. Even a child knows that a person who knows he is being watched behaves differently from one who can retreat to a secret space. The watched person behaves like a hunted animal: frozen, furtive, reactive. Watched children learn only what they have to learn to keep from being scolded (or slapped). A watched population doesn’t make much art or science. Now, the tyrannical ruler of a watched people may think he has a pliable mass and a powerful armed force to ply it with. But I will bet that a watched population does not produce good soldiers either. Given the chance to defect to a freer state, who would not? I fundamentally question the role of “terrorists” in mobilizing the current trend toward social repression. Absolutely, 9-11 did happen. But before that, there was Communism to terrify people with, and based on this terror, American citizens informed on their friends and neighbors for suspicion of being Commie. Lots of talented people lost jobs, careers and credibility. And before that, there was witchcraft to hunt out; and before that, heresy… See, we don’t need anything as fancy as the internet to do this kind of thing. The relevant target is the germ that causes a basically intelligent, creative and compassionate race to periodically consume itself from the inside.

    Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:25:07 +0000 To:

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