"Today's college students came of age in the years after 9/11. What did we teach them about the balance between liberty and safety in that time?
We should have taught them not to give up essential liberty for a little safety. Instead, we taught them that the government needs the power to send flying robots to kill anyone on the face of the earth without review and without telling us why. The government, we're told, needs to do that for our safety. We also taught them that the government also needs the power to detain people indefinitely without judicial review, again in the name of safety. We taught them that to ensure our safety the government needs the records of what books we read and who we talk to. With that as a model, it seems like small potatoes to say that safety requires disinviting Bill Maher from a university commencement, because he's something of a dick."
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
QotD: I Learned It From Watching You Edition
From an out-of-the-park post by Ken at Popehat which you should absolutely go read right now: