Originally Posted by tidewater
Oh yeah, nothing paranoid or conspiratorial here. Just a guy with a sidearm strolling about protecting you against the paranoid conspiratorialists.
The general problem is not one of paranoia on the part of citizens nor is it a conspiracy on the part of regulators. It is much worse than that.
As the paradigm shifts among the regulators and those few who empower them, a sublimated fact of human nature takes over, which is thus...
All social structures are, at their root, systems of coercion and domination.
The result is pretty much always a sort of "Stockholm Syndrome" reaction from the governed.
The result is, as Orwell posited...2+2 inevitably becomes 5.
You see it or you don't , either way Poor Richard would be disappointed to discover that his ounce is useful but his pound is woefully inadequate.