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September 17, 2003

Blogging has been light at public opinion today as I have been grinding away on a post on public reason, hermeneutics and the Australian constitution over at

I reckon I've bitten off more than I can chew.

But I did notice this report on a speech given President George Bush. For the political significance of this speech in relation to the American Constitution and freedom, see George Payne.

It represents a direct attack on the 4th Amendment by the National Security state. That Amendment, which is generally interpreted to mean this to mean that the government must apply to the judiciary for a warrant in order to search premises and in order to obtain documents, is now seen as an obstacle. An obstacle to be removed.

The American Republic is not travelling well under the massive domestic "security" apparatus created under President Bush. Read George Payne's anger at what is going on in the rolling back of freedom by the national security state.

What George is writing about there undercuts this old timey cliched dualism: liberal societies are sane, tolerant, stable, pluralistic and therefore well behaved. Totalitarian societies are paranoid, intolerant, coerced into artificial unity and therefore aggressive.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:59 PM | | Comments (0)