Clark’s done it for us.
1) Do go read the Marthew’s paper. I approach all social science papers with an attitude of skepticism…and in this case I was surprised (pleasantly so) by table 6, where statistical confidence is specified.
3) Put aside existing models of how and why the US government works and approach it as a forensic anthropology question:
- Note that the NSA, the DoD, and the State Department are regulated by the government, but regulation does not work they way one might expect.
- Note that no matter which party seems to win an election, the bureaucracy always stays in place, and has its own agenda.
- Note that elections do not create moral government or consent.
- Note that the DNA of the government is not just the Constitution, but the extended phenotype of defense oriented firms, police departments, bureaucrats, dependents, and more.
- Ask yourself if people of good will tried to reform the government in 1980, and 1990, and 2000, and 2010, and it has gotten larger and more intrusive every year, what effect people of good will trying to reform the government in 2014 will have.
4) Withdraw your consent from the system.
Amen to all that, and he has plenty more. As for the poor old Constitution, a link found in the post immediately following Clark’s is instructive:
Citizens…enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.
Citizens…enjoy freedom of religious belief.
Freedom of the person of citizens…is inviolable.
The personal dignity of citizens…is inviolable. Insult, libel, false accusation or false incrimination directed against citizens by any means is prohibited.
The residences of citizens…are inviolable. Unlawful search of, or intrusion into, a citizen’s residence is prohibited.
Go have a look to see what it was I replaced with the ellipses there. Gee, looks like they’re every bit as “free” as we are, their “freedoms” as secure and “inviolable” under their most excellent Constitution as ours. And, y’know, vice very much versa.