[ExI] ccp struggles
stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 13:59:57 UTC 2020
On Wed, 15 Apr 2020 at 16:02, Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Quoting Stathis Papaioannou:
> > If a policeman tries to arrest you for something that you think is
> > unconstitutional, you don?t have the right to shoot him, or even threaten
> > to shoot him. You will likely be punished if you shoot him or threaten to
> > shoot him even if it is subsequently agreed in court (in a case separate
> > from your criminal trial) that the policeman was acting on laws that were
> > unconstitutional.
> An armed American might not have the explicit right to shoot a
> policeman for violating his constitutional rights, but he certainly
> does have the option to do so. That option alone might prevent the
> policeman from barging into that American's home to see if he has
> anything he might want to take, demand free room and board from him,
> or otherwise excessively abuse police powers. Both the American
> citizen and the policeman have to deal with the consequences of their
> actions. By being armed, you can make sure those consequences are
> evident to the policeman. Armed citizenry keep the police honest.
> Ever since Australians gave up their gun rights, the government can
> now just arrest their journalists and treat them like criminals, if
> they write or say the wrong thing. Can you imagine if Trump had that
> power here in America?
I came across this ranking of press freedom from Reporters Without Borders:
The US is at number 45 out of 180 countries. North Korea is number 180 and
China is a little higher at number 177. Norway is first, followed by
Finland and Denmark. Australia is number 26.
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