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    Giles Goat Boy

    I'd remind you that Justice Kennedy, as a strong proponent of the rule of law, makes the point that "the issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace."

    What he means by that is, if the information requested has been provided, the permit MUST be issued. The reason for this is that, contrary to what environmentalists might like, the actions for which permits are issued are presumed to be intrinsically legal and good. Thus, the issuance of permits is mainly intended to provide notice to potentially affected parties about a proposed action and, if necessary, insure there is adequate public support. For example, if a park is to be used by a large crowd, the issuance of a permit lets the park service know that a supply of temporary public latrines should be ordered.

    The suggestion in the letter to the judge that the capitol is not a public space designed and designated for assembly is, it seems to me, an effort to justify the very issuance of permits for use that is actually in no way exceptional. While a permit for an acrobatic exhibition or a rope walker might be in order, the issuance of permits to individual citizens using the space as designed smacks of caprice.

    The culture of obedience is intimately connected to people going about their business in cages on wheels. That's because the use of the mobile cage, a potentially lethal machine, is properly permitted and the permittee has agreed, ahead of time, to being inspected by the agents of government at any time. This ability to arrest a driver on a whim has created the expectation that it ought to be applicable to any person, any place, any time. Moreover, since the culture of obedience insists on total compliance from the agents of government, these agents, in turn, consider it only fair to exact compliance from the citizens, whom they consider their subordinates. (That they've got the power relationship wrong is a sign of poor training; not their fault). The culture of obedience relies on coerced obedience and is, therefor, essentially abusive. And abuse spreads because the abused are always tempted to "get their own back."

    Whence comes the culture of obedience? IMHO, it is the refuge of the lazy, of people who need others to work for them because they are incapable of doing anything for themselves. They are incompetent and so, as often happens, they make a virtue out of vice and call it "management." Exacting sustenance from other people is obviously easier than wresting it from the earth, especiall if, as Germans might say, one's hands are hinged backwards.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 03:15:29 AM PDT

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