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Re: CONTROL FREAKS
In article <[email protected]>,
Duncan Frissell <[email protected]> wrote:
>>I think the point isn't that totalitarian states won't last: we know
>>that. The point is that those trying to establish a totalitarian
>>state can do a hell of a lot of damage to the rest of us before they
>That's not clearly true. The totalitarian states we know of developed years
>ago in a much less fluid environment.
In the rise of a sudden totalitarian state, you're probably right: frankly,
I don't think that's got a high probability. Even were a radical group
to win elections, it takes time to change the way a country works: a real
example is that Clinton was elected two years ago, and he's only now
gotten around to gutting the second amendment.
I think the biggest danger we face is graduaully increasing totalitarianism
across the board, through mechanisms such as GATT and European Union --
there seems to be a world-wide push to smooth differences among nations
out into a single (yes, here it comes) "New World Order."
It's not the sudden that'll cause the damage: it's the gradual. "Picture
world boiling frogs."
L. Todd Masco | "Hide, witch, hide! The good folk come to burn thee, their
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