RNS Quote of the Day, Signs and Portents Edition

Here’s a twofer. You really want to click over and read the whole thing on each. They’re short but pack a wallop.

Noth­ing the gov­ern­ment has said should give you any con­fi­dence that we are not bound for the crush­ing of all dis­sent. In a nation in which the Pres­i­dent claims the power to decide, with­out pub­lic scrutiny, who we are at war with, and then to exe­cute those peo­ple with no judi­cial review, dis­si­dence is fraught. The only safe course is to agree.

–Mark W. Bennett, “Signs and Portents”

Really, read the whole thing. Best “putting the pieces together” bit I’ve read yet.

And then, of course, there’s this:

…most people who work in a government job think what they do is sufficiently important to justify having any information that they want about you.

So Jimmy, this is not really about porn at all.

–Perry de Havilland, Samizdata

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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One Response to RNS Quote of the Day, Signs and Portents Edition

  1. ZZMike says:

    Another quote for the day, from Justice Brandeis, in the 1920s:

    “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. ”

    Source (one of many): Olmstead v. United States: The Constitutional Challenges of Prohibition Enforcement

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