Chad Perrin: SOB

4 October 2006


Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 12:56

There’s a blog, primarily about law, technology, economics, and history (right up my alley, it seems), called Unenumerated. As much as I dislike Blogspot and am somewhat hesitant to link to anything there, this one is worth it. It’s good in general, makes excellent points about important issues (I love the recent Hello Kitty people entry, for instance, in its whimsical but cutting take on the New Luddites such as Nicholas Carr), and doesn’t shy away from the most critical topics of the day.

It’s the last point that prompts me to devote an SOB entry to Unenumerated: the fact that it addresses the suspension of a legal tradition of protecting the rights of individuals at least since the Magna Carta about eight hundred years ago. Frankly, I think the authors of the Constitution screwed up when they wrote provisions for the temporary suspension of the power of the Writ of Habeas Corpus into the Constitution, but even the temporariness of such a suspension has now gone out the window with the most recent folly of the Bush Administration and our Republican-dominated Congress (apologies to the honorable Ron Paul (R) of Texas for lumping him in with the rest of those jackasses).

In two recent entries, Unenumerated has begun an analysis of the import of habeas corpus and discussed the parallels between the state of the United States of today and that of other nations of the past whose courses had been significantly altered by an anti-terrorist hysteria used to whip the public into a frenzy of incautious nationalism and authoritarianism:

If you give a hot damn at all about this country beyond the security of the people holding political power (as if they, and a couple of fancy buildings in DC, constituted the United States of America themselves), it’s probably a good idea to give those pages a read. The bit about the Hello Kitty people is interesting, too — of course.

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