Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 11, 2013

in Reality Is Not Optional, Terrorism, Video, War

… is from Bob Higgs; specifically, it’s what Bob says starting around the 54:50 mark in this video of a July 18, 2013, Independent Institute forum (entitled “Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism”) with Anthony Gregory and Mary Theroux:

I really hope that people understand that what we need in this [unconstitutional NSA spying] case is not reform.  We need to tear these damn things apart brick by brick and let everybody who put those bricks in place know that they are on our list and we will never trust them again in positions of power. If we tolerate people who would treat us that way we will get treated that way….

I don’t think this is an issue that is negotiable because this one portends utter totalitarianism.  If they know everything about you they can blackmail you.  There are very few people so saintly that they can’t be blackmailed, and even if you are not blackmailable by virtue of your own conduct, they will threaten family members; they will threaten friends.  The communists made a science out of working this way.  They know how to get you to fall in line, and when they know so much about everybody, they will have power in their hands to make everybody fall in line.

And the only way to stop it is to tear the damn power apart.  To say, we won’t tolerate you making this Utah facility.  Bulldoze it!  Don’t put it there!  Won’t tolerate any congressional hearings!  We want this thing stopped and we want it stopped now!  We want the President to issue some kind of Executive Order!  Terminate all work on it tonight!

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