Monday, November 24, 2008

A very unerotic message

"They could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

- George Orwell, 1984.

I've thought long and carefully about whether to sign the 'No2ID' pledge. Mostly, because I am a terrible quivering coward, and I was scared that publicly refusing to register for an ID card might put you on a government list somewhere.

This, of course, is the start of it.

'Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency.'

~General Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)

For the moment, we still have freedom of speech, I think. So I'm going to sign the pledge. And every time I'm struck with the fear, try to remind myself we're supposed to live in a free country.

More information here, and here.

*message ends*

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