Excellent stuff over at Whiskey Bar – an extended and erudite essay on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, and how Hobbes’ philosophy could really serve as the underpinings of the Bush administration .. the state as hungry and unrestrained beast, and all that, finishing off with a marvelous quote:
“The creature doesn’t know all the things it can do, but only because it hasn’t tried to do them yet. But it’s starting to figure this out, and it’s going to take more than an election and a few corruption probes to make it back down. Having entrusted their security and their liberties to the beast, Leviathan’s subjects will be lucky not to wind up like Jonah, lodged in its belly.”
Sixty odd percent of the great unwashed masses think it’s “OK” for the government to be administering the full rectal probe into our lives. Mention 9.11 and you can justify anything. As an educator, this is when despair kicks in.