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Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Burke on Conroy?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-01-09


When a politician is quoted and admired by both the left and right, his words are worthy of repeated consideration and wide application.  Such a politician was Edmund Burke, and his words about the greater danger of the gradual diminution of freedoms compared to a universal clampdown are useful when considering Conroy’s censorship plans.

I’ve used Burke’s conservative credentials, and his famous "Letter to the Sheriffs of the City of Bristol" before, marshalling his thoughts as they would apply to the war in Iraq and the wider "War on Abstract Nouns".  His arguments on the gradual dismantling of habeas corpus apply equally to the gradual application of arbitrary censorship with secret blacklists that have no independent administrative oversight to protect us.

In the following, emphasis is mine:

People without much difficulty admit the entrance of that injustice of which they are not to be the immediate victims. … But the true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.

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One Response to “Burke on Conroy?”

  1. […] my 3 paragraph post that quotes from Burke’s esteemed "Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol" and be […]

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