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  •  The Bill of Rights, like the rest of the (0+ / 0-)

    Constitution, addresses the behavior of agents of government. It says nothing about the behavior of natural persons and private artificial bodies (corporations). Civil rights are addressed, but that involves citizens behaving as governors--i.e. in our public role.

    The prohibitions in the mis-named Bill of Rights imply that there are rights (individual and institutional) which ought to be respected by the agents of government. But note, for example, that the penalty for violating the prohibition against searches and seizures is that the fruits of that violation can't be used to prove an individual guilty of a crime.
    The only way to get respectful agents of government is to hire them for that purpose and fire them when they don't perform. Organisms can be restrained, but they can't be made to do right without a bribe.
    You want somebody to do what you want? Pay them. Authoritarians don't see it that way. Authoritarians believe that their word is enough to get compliance and, if it isn't, the non-compliant can simply be dispensed with. This is not, btw, the law of the jungle. In the jungle, predators kill to eat. (It has recently been discovered that some chimps kill their own kind. While those who study their behavior have suggested that's evidence that humans killing their own kind is a natural inheritance. I'd argue that organisms killing their own kind is evidence of stupidity cropping up everywhere from time to time).

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:23:12 AM PST

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