Are Civil Liberties Too, Well, Civil for Un-civil Times?
06.19.2006 07:46 | DISPATCHES
In "Blair's Big Brother Legacy" in the July Vanity Fair, British writer Henry Porter reports on Tony Blair's Bush-like erosions of civil liberties. He quotes Simon Davies, a fellow at the London School of Economics on the British public.
"People are resigned to their fate. They've bought the government's arguments for the public good. There is a generational failure of memory about individual rights [italics mine]."
Presumably Davies means that the public has lost touches with its tyrannical roots at home and Nazism, fascism, and communism abroad. He continues:
"Whenever government says that some intrusion is necessary in the public interest, an entire generation has no clue how to respond, not even intuitively. . . . The U.S. must never lose sight of its traditions of individual freedom."
How generous of him to assume we haven't.