Boston residents thanked law enforcement officers at the end of the day. They were happy that thousands of officers had protected the city and its residents from the unarmed Tsarnaev.
The top-down arrangement of regulations, permissions, and enforcement has actual consequences for a lot of people. We can change this regime incrementally, just as it developed incrementally.
These tools of social pressure are the opposite of leadership. Leaders do not pressure, denounce, and coerce. Leaders open the way.
We ran out of money after the bailouts. Too bad this mandatory shutdown didn’t work for you.
If we stopped being so afraid, we would not need to turn to authorities who want to manage, administer, and control us.
Well-constructed thought experiments help us understand a problem. They do not help us predict, either what will happen, or what would have happened.
They are the shepherds that protect us from the Muscovite wolves. They can use the money to build stronger fences around us.
Our emotional attachment to certain institutions, especially the presidency, signals us to think of our leader as something better than a pig. In that case, the emotional attachment has to go.
Plainly they do not want to protect society, or enforce laws for society’s benefit. They want to dominate society and intimidate citizens. Access to private information helps them do that.
Even if Trump’s appearance on the scene dismays many, we can be grateful for his daily reminders that “he alone can fix things.” That is the voice of power, not law.
When Trump’s apologists react as they do, they remind all of us that their obsequious loyalty to a person with no class makes them outstanding reporters of his faults.
Some might say a rupture that destroys democracy will come – we just don’t know when, where, or how. Look around you. It has already happened.