… Montesquieu; particularly in his 1748 ‘The Spirit of Laws’ – (a line of thought that has been undermined by Left politics, with serious consequences). Namely, while Montesquieu professed a delight in cultural diversity, he always held that while all cultures might be equally valuable, they were not equally good, thus underlying any celebration of cultural diversity, there was (is) a justice that is eternal. He called it the ‘eternal flame’.
The Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Australia is proposing sweeping new powers to keep watch over its citizens, including laws to force telecommunications and internet providers to store their subscribers' data for two years.The data, including communications such as emails, would be available for police and intelligence agencies to check during investigations into criminal and terror networks.Further proposals include the extension of interception powers to Skype and social networking, and laws requiring suspects to provide passwords, enabling authorities to install tracking software, and simplified access to surveillance warrants.The proposals have been handed to the federal Parliament's joint committee on security and intelligence as part of its inquiry into reforms for national security legislation.
I've often wondered as the Iron Curtains of the Eastern Bloc fell where all the Stasi and KGB guys and girls would have found employment: I'm starting to get an inkling. If I was going to make anything compulsory, I'd put the movie The Lives of Others on every high school curriculum.
Civilisation is the movement toward privacy, a police state the opposite.
Nice piece on the Australian proposals, and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, by Myles Peterson. The final paragraphs sum up well:
Why any politician thought a policy of logging everything its citizens do online and mandating the permanent "retention" of such data is a bit mind boggling. Australia’s first telephone appeared in 1876, but did not see common usage for another half a century. Not once was it suggested that every phone call should be bugged just in case someone committed a crime facilitated by telephony.
That the Attorney-General of Australia would think it is at all reasonable to record the online activity of every citizen of Australia speaks volumes. Roxon has flip-flopped on the policy since announced, but the mere act of suggesting it should be abhorrent to a liberal democracy..
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a strongly-worded message to the rich at the Clinton Global Initiative Monday –- help grow your countries.
The former first lady addressed an audience of leaders in … philanthropy … [she] urged struggling countries to tax equitably and to lean on the wealthy.
"One of the issues I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elites in every country,"
Monday, September 24, 2012
GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants issued in the case. The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority.
[Listening to a snippet on National Radio, that news broadcast ran that the problem was they were spying on New Zealand nationals and they aren't allowed to do that. If Wiki is to be believed, that would seem to be in line with their governing purpose ... but, the question remains: are they spying on other New Zealand nationals? What linkages do other government departments have with them?]