Is the battle to retain personal liberty in a free society a losing one? The events discussed in this work and the regular, consistent, and systematic manner in which they have unfolded throughout our history would seem to cause a prudent student of these times to answer in the affirmative. And yet, because freedom springs naturally from every human heart, it would seem as well that the government could never fully eradicate it, via war or pestilence or totalitarian systems. In America, the government’s swift brutality toward human freedom can deter even the brave. Jefferson himself predicted that in the long march of history, power and order would become concentrated in the government, and the personal liberty of individuals would be diminished.
==Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Assault on Civil Liberties (Andrew P. Napolitano)
“But consent of the governed will no longer apply,” writes journalist Chris Floyd, because “actual control of the state will have passed to a small and privileged group who rule for the benefit of their wealthy peers and corporate patrons.” Moreover: To be sure, there will be factional conflicts among the elite, and a degree of debate will be permitted; but no one outside the privileged circle will be allowed to influence state policy. Dissidents will be marginalized usually by the people themselves. Deprived of historical knowledge by a thoroughly impoverished educational system designed to produce complacent consumers, left ignorant of current events by a corporate media devoted solely to profit, many will internalize the force-fed values of the ruling elite, and act accordingly. There will be little need for overt methods of control. The rulers will act in secret, for reasons of national security, and the people will not be permitted to know what goes on in their name. Actions once unthinkable will be accepted as routine: government by executive fiat, state murder of enemies selected by the leader, undeclared wars, torture, mass detentions without charge, the looting of the national treasury, the creation of huge new security structures targeted at the populace. In time, this will be seen as normal, as the chill of autumn feels normal when summer is gone. It will all seem normal.
==A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State (John W. Whitehead)
The U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet, as John W. Whitehead points out in this week’s vodcast, Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected around us, the police and other government agents can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts. Copyright © 2015 The Rutherford Institute