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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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paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 22nd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure asking the people would be any good... after all "the people" have been know to decide on some rather suspect stuff in the last 100 years or so. If there is one word that can sum up a large mob of people it would be "Dumb." This is why democracies are not as effective as they should be - for every informed voter there are probably 4 who vote based on spin or looks. Every person has a right to vote - even the really stupid ones.

The peoples representatives would work if there were some way to ensure they would make their decisions in the peoples best interests and not their own. I can't remember who said "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" but it appears to be true.

Here in the UK we have a "Data Protection Act" which prevents people who don't need to know accessing personal data. How well this is enforced, and who makes sure the law are not the ones abusing the privilege is another matter... we come right back to "who watches the watchman!"

I have heard that "boil a frog" thing recently although from where escapes me. It is a perfect analogy to the creeping infractions of human rights that both the UK and USA seem to be moving toward.
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