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« A Profound Irony | Main | Praying For A Disaster »

October 20, 2006


It is creeping over us and it is CREEPY. The mistake Indira Gandhi and her son made was that they tried it all at once by declaring a state of emergency. The shock value was too much and the populace rebelled.

Bush is doing it right. Slowly, surreptitously. That is the Stalinist creep up that Brian Leiter wrote about and I alluded to in my own post about the young man who spoke Tamil on his cell phone at the airport. The signs to watch out for are:

"It's the return of 'troikas' -- detentions without court warrants, interrogations without assistance of counsel, trials by puppet courts, all the while the currently unincarcerated crowd believes that this could only happen to criminals."

The omens are all there. The Tomorrowian cartoon you linked to in the comment to the "Irony" post, applies more accurately to this one.

I don't know about you guys, but the next time I buy a Kafka novel, I intend to do so in person, paying with cash, at a store where there is no video surveillance. I'd hate to wind up as a Josef K. figure for purchasing what amounts to a Bush Administration instruction manual.

I'm kidding. Kind of. Maybe.

Joe, don't bother with bookstores yet. Try Project Gutenberg, still available free of cost on the internets.

That is such a cool website.

Of course, the problem with the internets is that you probably leave some sort of electronic record of where you've been. Which the government's undoubtedly got a secret department or two tracking.

Uncle Sam or Roz of Monsters Inc. "I'm always watching you..."

P.S. The further reading links listed at the bottom of this Wikipage make pretty interesting,if not chilling, reading.

That is such a good comparison. When I was in law school, habeus corpus was the kind of thing you covered in a day at the beginning of criminal or constitutional law - the kind of thing that is taken for granted, the kind of foundational principle that is untouchable... until now, I guess.

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