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OSNews, Generic OSes I know that there's a number of readers who don't like it when OSnews covers political topics, I'm one of them. These political upheavals however spell danger for operating system hobbyists and so I dedicate this article to framing the political news within the context of what we are here to read about: operating systems.
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Rambling, but true none the less.
by kcorey on Fri 10th Dec 2010 20:33 UTC
kcorey
Member since:
2007-11-06

If you're not afraid of the system, of corporations driven by greed, and of governments driven by those organisations, you're already asleep. (That's bad). Picture the movie the Matrix.

It makes my father roll his eyes when I say this, but jailbreaking, being able to load your own operating system, even being able to open the case, much less play with what's inside is a necessary right that we all currently have, but which is being eroded. Once it's completely gone, it's gone.

You'll be living in a world where companies can complain to governments, and have websites (any pretty much anything else) shut down just because, and without any due process. Think that's not a big deal? Piss someone at Coka-cola off, and if you're still around we'll have a chat about it.

If you're not paranoid, you're in trouble. If you are paranoid about it, you're not paranoid enough.

Democracy is not a defence, as we keep voting the same pro-corporate crooks back into office.

Give it another 5-10 years, and governments will be taking away the right to bear arms.

10-20 years after that? Read the worst parts of 1984.

-Ken

P.S. You can have my tin-foil hat when they pry it from my cold dead fingers. Until then, make your own.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

There is a large part of the OSNews readership that lives in places where there is no need to have 'The right to bear arms'.
They all get along just fine.

That is not to say there there are places on this planet where this right is needed, right now, today.
Equally, some of the places that don't have this right(?) once did and their society evolved into one that no longer needed it so they gave it away. Is there something so fundamentally wrong with that? IMHO, is no there is not.
If you put your self back in time to when that Ammendment to the US Constitution was passed then the US had no standing army. So the ability to raise a militia from the population was essential.
Do those conditions still hold sway today?

This is all part of evolution. Sometimes evolution takes a wrong turning and ends up in a dead end. (Madagascan Lemurs for example, have very primitive body temperature control. Other primates don't have this problem). Nature corrects itself. It is so wrong for a society to admit that they 'got it wrong' and make efforts to put it right?

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Vinegar Joe Member since:
2006-08-16

There is a large part of the OSNews readership that lives in places where there is no need to have 'The right to bear arms'.
They all get along just fine.


After Dunkirk, the UK was critically short of small arms. America's NRA asked it's members to donate weapons to be sent to the UK for defense. Over 120,000 weapons were sent.

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kcorey Member since:
2007-11-06

There is a large part of the OSNews readership that lives in places where there is no need to have 'The right to bear arms'.
They all get along just fine.
[...]
If you put your self back in time to when that Ammendment to the US Constitution was passed then the US had no standing army. So the ability to raise a militia from the population was essential.
Do those conditions still hold sway today?
[...]
this problem). Nature corrects itself. It is so wrong for a society to admit that they 'got it wrong' and make efforts to put it right?


Ah, you misunderstand. I mentioned "taking guns" because to many US citizens having guns is a symbol of our ability to fight against oppressive governmental control and over-regulation.

If you live in a country where the right to bear arms is not a symbol of your ability to fight and rail against government, (and you're happy with that), then wonderful. Let's hope you always feel that way, because you've precious little choice.

My post was to say that corporate-driven big government is intruding more and more on people's lives. China, Iran and Iraq have had a reputation for being restrictive. Venezuela just announced that they will close down 'net access to their country. It's got to be just around the corner for most countries in the world as governments struggle to get control of things.

This will end in tears, as the nature of the internet is to allow free and open discourse across borders. In some countries, I'd be disappeared for writing this email. Should I, a US citizen, be disappeared because this post is illegal in China?

As a US citizen, I've always felt (rightly or wrongly) that my country's political system was superior because it was the will of the people, run by the people.

After observing the actions of the US, I can no longer feel that way, as the US is becoming more and more a crazy country of radical factions vying for control of the government. Tea party? Moral Majority? Blech.

That's bad enough, but the worst part, perhaps, is that the country is schizophrenic enough not to see what it's becoming, and still claims to be "open", and representing the "voice of freedom". http://its.ec/jmt

Now to your question: does the need exist today for US citizens to be able to raise militias to fight governmental oppression? Well, that depends entirely on your point of view.

Me? I feel that government has become strictly a tool of the mega corporations, willing to whore itself out to the highest bidder. Perhaps I'd feel differently were I that bidder.

Finally: is it wrong for a society to admit they 'got it wrong'? Absolutely not. That organic growth is a critical part of a functioning country. In fact, I fully expect that what I see as this governmental over-regulation and corporate greed machine will in the end be seen to be 'wrong'.

Historically though, governments are not good at admitting they 'got it wrong', and are even worse at removing unnecessary parts of themselves to get it right. They reorganise, making themselves bigger, and more expensive until they're simply too top-heavy to maintain.

That's where the right to change the government comes in. To a US citizen, that's represented by the right to bear arms.

Did that make it more clear? I wasn't calling for violence, just keying on a symbol to communicate more effectively.

-Ken

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olefiver Member since:
2008-04-04

Give it another 5-10 years, and governments will be taking away the right to bear arms.

The Norwegian government has already taken that right.
Bear hunting is illegal.

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