Implied Consent

Silence is not always implied consent. Sometimes it’s a perceived estimate of outcome. No matter how bad slavery is, sitting in a cage is worse. And if the only thing in the world that interests you is building things, then revolution doesn’t seem much better than being caged. The irony of “They fought for your freedom” caused me to wonder. If the American military, out subjugating the world, hadn’t shown our local cops how to bust down doors and murder people, would we have multiplying SWAT armies here at home?

 

Posted by Dave.

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5 Comments on “Implied Consent”

  1. Art says:

    I’d like to think that silence equals withheld consent. But it ain’t.
    SWAT armies, I believe, have largely been promulgated by spineless politicians not wanting to appear “soft on crime”, legislating draconian punishments, enforced by might, and accepted by a largely apathetic public.

    How many “wars” are we engaged in at home?
    WAR on poverty, WAR on drugs, WAR on crime, WAR on terrorism … How many more can you name?

    I guess when your only tool is a war-hammer, every social problem appears to be a battle.

    Lastly, when phone companies are using a staged “dynamic entry” strictly as an attention getting device in commercials, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt4cfrunfNI) I feel that we’ve slid pretty far down this particular slope.

    • Underground Carpenter says:

      Hi Art,

      Good points all, and the “Hey Marcel” YouTube was disconcerting.

      Not knowing or understanding why anyone would feel warm-and-fuzzy about gathering power over others, I haven’t a clue what motivates a politician. But as for the public, if the blogosphere is any indication, they are far from apathetic. Whether they want more government or less, everyone I know has a very strong opinion and isn’t in the least shy about expressing it.

      I checked out your blog. Good reading, but I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment.

      Dave

  2. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    Slavery and the cage are pretty much synonymous in my opinion. One cage is just a little bigger than the other. Revolution is building something in and of itself. And building things will certainly be necessary afterward, provided the revolution was a violent one. But it doesn’t have to be, as revolution comes in many forms. Like the socialist revolution which quietly overtook America. The SWAT armies are part of that revolution, and would have come to be one way or another. Every totalitarian regime needs it’s enforcers… Time for a counter-revolution. I’m ready to build something..

    • Underground Carpenter says:

      Hi Craig,

      OK, building a revolution. That might have a few points of interest. But the revolution better be a snappy one. I don’t want to wait until I’m 80 to start building structures again.

      Slavery is a far more comfortable cage and it gives you time to plan and “pick your moment.” It is getting down to the wire, though.

      Dave

  3. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    On second thought, the socialist revolution HAS been a violent one, just not on a macro scale…


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