A Bill of Information Rights
bsder at allcaps.org
Sat Jun 27 15:55:22 PDT 2009
Bob La Quey wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 5:08 AM, Andrew Lentvorski<bsder at allcaps.org> wrote:
>> Agreed. The heroes of the Patriot Act were the librarians who refused to
>> comply in spite of the fact that they were alone.
> I don't know that the issue is tactics as you seem to think. The issue
> is action versus inaction. I am not in favor of stupidity on the part
> of those who choose to defend freedom from corporate or government
> intrusion. I am in favor of action over inaction. I recognize that
> both action and inaction involve risks though those risks are
> different. People who favor inaction often cite risks as the reason
> for that behavior. They are sometimes (often?) proven wrong.
It doesn't really matter whether they are right or wrong. The
*perception* sets the threshold for action vs. inaction.
I would bet that a whole lot of Iranian protesters believed that the
Iranian government really wouldn't beat them, shoot them, break into
their apartments, etc. They were wrong.
> Thanks for the anecdote. OK, accepted. But I can assure you that some
> people act even knowing that their actions will involve harsh
> consequences. Do you consider them fools?
No. But governments don't fall because a few people agitate. They fall
when the majority are terrified *AND* there exists some minority capable
of leading them in the correct direction.
Revolutionaries may lead, but they need people ready to be led.
> Was Woods simply an accidental hero? Is there any such thing as a real hero?
Yes to both. Woods probably could have tried to placate the government
by recanting, becoming its mouthpiece for a while and then running when
it was easy. He could have tried to hide for a while and then run. It
might have worked, it might not.
Those who speak out against injustice are heroes even if they don't
perceive the threat. Too many people simply ignore the downtrodden.
Yes, it is "led", dammit. Past tense of "to lead".
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