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Monday, August 16, 2004
 


The First World is the New Third World

1) "...Republican Rep. Katherine Harris said Wednesday she regrets making the claim that a plot existed to blow up the power grid in Carmel, Ind., a notion city officials disputed."

2) The FBI's 'questioning' and subpoenaing RNC protestors before they protest.

3) "...State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd "investigation" that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November."

Orwell said freedom is slavery. Fundamentalist Islamic clerics actually say the same thing - in a surreally flagrant display of intellectual bankruptcy. Is freedom slavery? It's funny: in the States, just discussing this idea evokes derision and, often, anger. Why?

I think it's because liberty was hard-fought and hard-won in the States - but has, crucially, never been lost. So it's difficult for people to understand what it means for freedom to become slavery. How does it happen? Where does it come from? Isn't the whole notion absurd? This is how freedom decays into, at the end of an exponentially faster curve, slavery.

-- umair // 11:56 PM //


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