23 August 2003
Big Brother wants your love
Pertinent observation from Steven Chapman:
Government sustains and justifies its own existence by presenting itself (and being presented by its enthusiasts) as the solution to all our most pressing problems. In point of fact, I would suggest that it presents itself as the solution to the problems that it has created. Never is this clearer than during a war, when government, having created the situation that led to war, now fools the majority into believing that by sacrificing their own lives and liberties, government is defending them when the truth is that it is clearly the other way around!
He wasn't talking about John Ashcroft's dog-and-pony show, but he could have been.