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Human rights versus public safety - The Paranoid Android — LiveJournal
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Human rights versus public safety
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From: deeevamp Date: May 19th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why not just raise the taxes on gas if they want a road tax? Wouldn't it work virtually the same? The more you travel, the more gas you use and the more taxes you pay.

I don't like any new improved ways to keep us safe. I think it has gotten far out of hand because now we are starting to move towards treating people like they are idiots. Well, they are idiots for the most part but only because we let them be. People used to be able to take care of themselves and their environments. Now they look to the government to police them completely and if the government doesn't do it then they don't. They expect them to protect their children and so on.

For instance with the phone tapping deal being birthed over here. I hear a lot of the same, "It's for our own safety. We are only trying to protect you." That just doesn't settle with me. Read our emails, listen to our phone calls, make all the devices to track our location throughout our daily lives and suddenly I'm not a free citizen but a policed prisoner.

Seeing as how many misguided arrests and sneaky devious police work leading to incorrect assumptions about people there are every day ... I am not willing to trust them to protect me. They can't even pull over the right people on the road! I can't possibly support giving them any more powerful responsibilities.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 22nd, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The sad thing is - if the price of petrol was raised there would be a national outcry... but if satalite tracking were to be introduced there would be a few people protesting and they will be tarred with the "paranoid lunatic" brush.

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