Speaking of Deneen (below), he essays on something that G K Chesterton encapsulated with his quip that "When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws."
Deneen's version is longer.
...Longstanding local rules and cultures that governed behavior through
education and cultivation of certain kinds of norms, manners, and
morals, came to be regarded as an oppressive limitation upon the liberty
of individuals. Those forms of control were lifted in the name of
liberation, leading to regularized abuse of those liberties. In the name
of redressing the injustices of those abuses, the federal government
was seen as the only legitimate authority for redress and thereby
exercised powers (ones that often require creative interpretations of
federal law to reach down into private institutions) to re-regulate the
liberated behaviors. However, now there is no longer a set of “norms”
that seek to cultivate forms of self-rule, since this would constitute
an unjust limitation of our freedom. Now there can only be punitive
threats that occur after the fact. One cannot seek to limit the exercise
of freedom before the fact (presumably by using at one’s disposal
education in character and virtue); one can only punish after the fact
when one body has harmed another body.
In effect, this immorality tale is Hobbes in microcosm: first
tradition and culture must be eliminated as arbitrary and unjust
(“natural man”). Then, we see that absent such norms, anarchy is the
result (“the state of nature”). Finding such anarchy unbearable, we turn
to a central sovereign as our sole protector, that “Mortall God” who
will protect us from ourselves (“the social contract”). We have been
liberated from all custom and tradition, all authority that sought to
educate by habit and within the context of ongoing communities, and
replaced it with a distant authority that punishes us when we abuse our
freedoms. And, now lacking any informal and local forms of authority,
it’s virtually assured that those abuses will regularly occur, and that
the role of the State in ever more minute personal affairs will increase
In place of the parent we now have a distant power which, perhaps
like a parent, seeks to punish us when we act against decency and
civilization. But, unlike a parent, it does not educate or seek to
cultivate its wards into self-governing adults. It infantalizes us by
saying that we don’t have to grow up—just don’t get caught.
Yes, well, we were just talking about "virtue," ain'a?
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Premised upon massive legal overreach and completely flawed legal interpretation, as well as Stasi-illegal thug enforcement, there is no doubt left the totalitarianistic tyranny of the last two criminal executive offices and administrations and the criminal NSA is completely illegal and DOES exist:
United States Of Secrets
Top Secret America
The post-Nixonian Bush/Obama NSA is completely illegal and out of control.
What is utterly fascinating is the apathetic indifferent complete lack of outrage, or even response, by The People.
We truly are in a post-constitutionalistic tyrannical police state.
This is your life and your country, People.
What're ya gonna do?
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