please bear in mind
1. this is off the top of my head
2. i am not completely sober right now
3. i have just spent the last 2 hours debugging my FTP server (still failing)
4. i live in the UK
5. im feeling rather sarcastic
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security".
im sure everybody here knows this Benjamin Franklin quote, but in today's terrorist fearing and politically correct society it applies more than ever. we have 'security' cameras on almost every street and in every building. we are the most watched nation on earth and the government is now looking to introduce mandatory I.D cards against the popular wishes. do we really have democracy when we can, as an entire nation of people, protest something and still have the people who we elected, who are supposed to represent us, commit our people and our resources to something the magnitude of war?
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. ...google it
im not here to argue about the rights and wrongs of the war itself, the reasons or anything like that. surely the fact that the people didnt want it should mean that it shouldnt happen right? democracy? power of the people?
before people come up with points such as "the majority of people are idiots and dont know politics from their own arsehole", please stop and think why we our nation is so ignorant? these people are all capable but they are not taught properly. we run an archaic school system that holds very little relevance to today's world (why are the children teaching computing to the adults?) and politics is barely an afterthought until college, when a cynical and hormonal 16 year old is already too jaded to care.
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free. -Epictetus (what a brilliant name)
we have allowed our people to become weak willed and complacent
yeah... we have allowed our people to become weak willed and complacent and our government has a lot of power. what can we do? the yanks among us have their constitutional right to bear arms, yet in 8 years of Bush's reign nobody did so much as an assassination attempt. Us British like to march up and down trafalgar square and sign lots of petitions, but we never get to hear if our voice was heard or not, whether we were misrepresented or what the true motives behind the decisions are.
but we can vote them out if we want to. -Some Idiot
it didnt take hitler, stalin or any other dictator to take control and abolish democracy. when does a 'democratic' government become too powerful and when do the people lose their control? what are the signs and how to we take the power back before it is too late?
so yeah, i have been thinking recently about freedom and what it means to be free in today's society. i hope you start to think too
It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.