Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Are the citizens striking back?

I have gone on record in saying that we are closer now to widespread civil disobedience in Britain, than we have been for over a century and a half.

Whilst I don't condone the sending of letter bombs to those in authority, I can understand why some people would be motivated to do so. We are living in unprecedented times. Never before have we been spied upon so much, taxed, fined, patronized and treated in contempt by the state. Our justice system seems all to ready to hound those who drive at 35 mph in a 30mph zone, whilst paedophiles, robbers and other degenerates seem to get off lightly.

The Blair regime may have caused some, who prize personal freedom and libertarian values highly, to start taking extra-parliamentary action. They probably feel disaffected by the whole political process, uninspired by Her Majesty's Opposition and generally disenchanted by the "police" state we appear to living in.

Are citizens striking back?

What's your opinion?

3 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Jeremy, it's hard to judge it from so far away, as however good the news you get, it's not the same as being there. I think the most unhelpful person I've seen on the media today is that councillor from Swansea who seemed inclined to stir up panic and give Al-Qaeda details of parking facilities at the DVLA[ just in case they didn't know, in the unlikely event that it was them]. I agree that all these rules and surveillance can make you go barmy, but letter-bombs...?!! I don't drive but I reckon you'd have to have had an awful lot of parking fines to drive [ooops! - no pun intended] you to that.

CityUnslicker said...

there is a long term historcial trend here JJ. The state has been growing in power over the people since it was invented 300 years ago..

As technology has improved so the state has been able to interfere more directly in peoples lives. now we are reaching a poitn where even the restricted freedoms we have been used to are bing taken away.

The upshot of all this is that I agree with you. mass civil disobedience is more likley than in the past.

There is a another whole point on the failure of familial and social cohesion, but that is for another day

Wil Robinson said...

It seems that anyone can perpetrate a terrorist act nowadays and it can be blamed on Muslim extremists. Whoever is sending the letter bombs had better issue their manifesto, or some one else is going to take the credit, and the message they hoped to send though the targeting of civilians with violence will be lost.

I think a better way for citizens to fight back is through the spread of knowledge. The reason we are susceptable to such things as spying, tapping, etc. is because too few people care or know what is going on.