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January 18, 2013 04:05 PM

The police state, coming soon to a neighborhood near you

by Roger Kimball, from Roger's Rules


The philosopher Hannah Arendt once observed that it was arbitrariness, not necessarily severity, that distinguished totalitarian from law-abiding states. Stalin may have had his Gulags, Hitler his concentration camps, but the key to understanding the exercise of totalitarian power there and elsewhere lay in its capricious, unpredictable application, not its harshness. The operation of law [...]


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