"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 22 August 2011

Are We Choking Yet?

Here are two stories from the States, just to show that the problems we experience with over-bearing authoritarian diktats and officious police offers aren't exclusive to us or to the Continent. The rioting isn't exclusive to us either; most countries seem to be affected to a degree though there's little reporting of it unless you read foreign press or blogs.

(1) An increase in number of books banned in schools



  1. Unbelievable! They actually get arrested. Whatever happened to the land of the free?

  2. It's one of those Agenda 21/Health & Safety rules - no selling home-made lemonade in a park. We've got lots of petty tyrannies as well. The Land of the Free is having it just as bad as we are. The people of Libya are probably the most free, for the moment - it won't last long! I wouldn't wish our system on them.

  3. Re the vid, what are they complaining about? They broke the law and got the reaction they wanted though without much eveidence of police brutality. How would they like it if I started selling lemonade on their front porch or if Rupert Murdoch set up a news vendor selling poen on The Capitols front lawn?

  4. Hi, Banned. Re the video - it's all the little rules and regulations imposed upon us that rankle. It's the same here with school fetes being unable to sell home-made goods because of H&S or people unable to donate home-baked goods to nursing homes/hospices and so on. As I said, they're petty tyrannies and they all add up to one huge imposition - and don't forget the fines if you don't comply with the state's diktats.


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