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Every act of regulation by authority is an erosion of liberty. That tells us what liberty is, and that you can have too much of a good thing. Liberty pushed to extreme is anarchy. Regulation pushed to extreme is dictatorship. Millions of words have been devoted to finding the balance, and the question remains open. The collective drift towards more regulation in the western liberal democratic model is driven by good intentions and by a mad dream of perfect fairness in which individual discretion and individual responsibility are intrinsically subversive. Infants and madmen used to be the traditional exceptions to the general notion that people should be trusted to make their own accommodations with each other, and that authority is not there to do our thinking for us. We are all halfway to being treated like infants and madmen now. As civilisation advances in complexity, liberties give way. So be it, but it’s as well to know and name the retreat of liberty for what it is, and not to call it something else, before the retreat becomes a rout.

Tom Stoppard (my emphasis)

The Independent revealed in October 2013 that Paterson [Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairshas never been briefed on climate change by the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Ian Boyd and refused to take a briefing offered to him by Professor David MacKay, the chief scientific adviser at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). On Monday, a cabinet colleague of Paterson’s told the Mail Online: “He isn’t climate sceptic, he’s climate stupid.’”

Why Is Climate Change Denier Owen Paterson Still in His Job?, The Huffington Post

by @kylbean
@kylebean — ‘My laser etched portrait of Edward Snowden in today’s Guardian Weekend’

@kylebean — ‘My laser etched portrait of Edward Snowden in today’s Guardian Weekend’

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