bshock,I'm skeptical of "the flaw" you describe as fatal to Brin's argument. I see the world growing more niche based culture thanks to the internet and I suspect a large dose of tolerance will be needed as individuals become more open to holding diverse tastes.Part of this includes more of the public realizing and understanding people are far from infallible, stretching even to the police. The public in essence hires the police and thereby can fire them or reduce their purview by limiting the laws they enforce.

To me, this kind of conversation belongs alongside the radical honesty ( http://www.overcomingbias.c... ) as Biomed Tim alluded.

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Impeach them both now people, get on it: usalone.com

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I believe it was security expert Bruce Schneier who pointed out the flaw in Brin's reasoning: equal transparency of both the public and the authorities only works if both sides also have equal power to use such transparency. Since the authorities control armed enforcement bodies -- the police, the FBI, the ATF, the DEA, etc. -- this is of course not the case.

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Everyone should take part or all of this so-called tax rebate, or whatever these goofy magicians called politicians call it, and give it to Ron Paul to further fund his campaign to clean out house and put all such goofy magicians out of office.

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I hereby advocate the destruction of the USA government by force, preferably involving cheese-graters. I consider this to be necessary, desirable, and proper, and so should you.

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The elite's government FEARS you!!!!!!

Their fear is manifested in the laws they pass. Here is a law banning what MANY of the Founders wrote is a RIGHT of citizens when a government no longer represents them:

Section 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, orteaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety ofoverthrowing or destroying the government of the United States orthe government of any State, Territory, District or Possessionthereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, byforce or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of anysuch government; orWhoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of anysuch government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates,sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printedmatter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity,desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying anygovernment in the United States by force or violence, or attemptsto do so; orWhoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society,group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage theoverthrow or destruction of any such government by force orviolence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, anysuch society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposesthereof -Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more thantwenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment bythe United States or any department or agency thereof, for the fiveyears next following his conviction.If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named inthis section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisonednot more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible foremployment by the United States or any department or agencythereof, for the five years next following his conviction.As used in this section, the terms ''organizes'' and''organize'', with respect to any society, group, or assembly ofpersons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of newunits, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes,and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

The federal government is allowing MILLIONS of illegals to invade our country who are causing immense economic harm to America's working poor. Corporate America is becoming increasingly more powerful and influential. Yet, according to the government of for and by the elites YOU, a citizen, have to accept whatever the government does with NO recourse other than voting...... and there is sufficient proof that shows to me voting is worthless since the entrenched power structure ensures that the emplaced elite class can not be removed.

Several Founders specifically wrote of the people's right to abolish a government when it no longer represents them.

We are forced to live under an elite's TYRANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A Juicio por filmar el arresto de un joven de 16 años con su celular

Las aplicaciones de la tecnología que nos ayudarían a vivir mejor y su uso para crear un ¿estado policíaco o democrático?

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David Brin doesn't go far enough. Imagine a world where everyone knew EVERYTHING about everyone else. Would there still be crime?

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"aiding an escape"??

They also claim that Glik’s presence at the scene nearly allowed the teen suspect to escape.So the escape didn't happen, and unlike the guy who was stopped, he made no attempt at concealment.

That should leave them with "disturbing the peace."

Oh, wait, this is Boston, where being smarter than an actor appears to be a disqualification for police employment (op. cit. Aqua Teen Hunger Force).

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