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How Patriotic is the Patriot Act?: Freedom Versus Security in the Age of Terrorism Hardcover – October 20, 2004
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Patrick Henry proclaimed, "Give me liberty or give me death!" Amitai Etzioni asks: If you are dead, what good is liberty? He then assesses the trade-offs between stricter governmental security measures designed to prevent deaths due to terrorists, and the consequences of these measures for reducing freedom. Drawing upon interpretations of the fall of Germany's Weimar Republic (pp. 12-14), Etzioni suggests that governmental ineffectiveness will precipitate a breakdown of democracy. To preserve its legitimacy after 9/11, the US government needed to effectively combat terrorism; the Patriot Act, with all its flaws and restrictions on liberty (p. 9), was designed as a means to that end.
An alternative interpretation of the breakdown of democracy in the Weimar Republic explains the reasons for governmental ineffectiveness as the result of the polarization between the far Right (the aristocracy, big business, nationalists, and antisemites) and the far Left (communists); all of these groupings denied legitimacy to the Republic at its inception. Their failure to support the Republic prevented effective governmental actions that would minimize the impacts of hyperinflation and unemployment. It was in this environment that Hitler rose to power. He was not elected to office; rather a group of ultra conservatives persuaded the senile von Hindenberg to give Hitler power, which he then used to restrict civil liberties, annihilate Jews, and wage war (Henry Ashby Turner, Jr., Hitler's Thirty Days to Power: January 1933. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1996).Read more ›
This author opens up the whole can of worms, tells us just exactly what the government is snooping in. What you do on-line, which web-sites you visit, how much money is in your savings account, and whether or not your check book is overdrawn. Wow! They also want to know if you have a library card, and what books you read if you have one, and listen in on your call home to mother. All in the name of security. At least that is what they say. We cannot, or wiil not secure our "Swiss Cheese Borders", or secure our ports, but we can listen in on your phone call, just because we can.
This author explains the shadeness of National Security, and how the government will use any excuse to spy on its citizens. At the same time it does appear we are asleep. Why just last week it was revealed the FBI has been doing just what the alarmist said they would do with this power, over step the boundaries, and dig into the business of the innocent. You know what we heard was only about 20% of the whole picture.
If this book does not remind you of the Secret Police in some Commmunist nations I do not know what will. Take the Government, and pair it with the likes of Choice Point, or Axiom, and how much information collectively they have on the average American, and we may as well be walking around naked in public.
For an eye opening look at just what we as Americans have given up in the name of Security, read this very revealing book, and make up your own mind, as to whether or not this remains the land of the "FREE".
For the unfamiliar, communitarianism is a moderate brand of political and sociological philosophy that seeks to balance rights and responsibilities in our society. Led by Dr. Etzioni, The Communitarian Network actively seeks to engage people in this ongoing discussion of communitarian thought, policy, and society, and very much encourages anyone interested in joining into a dialogue to e-mail the Communitarian Network office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are comments from various leaders and scholars about the book.
PRESIDENT, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
PROFESSOR OF LAW, NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL
"Amitai Etzioni presents a thoughtful assessment of the controversial post 9/11 measures and proposals that undermine civil liberties in the name of national security. Even for those of us who disagree with some of his conclusions, this book provides valuable insights into the essential task of maximizing safety while minimizing invasions of liberty."
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Going in to this book I thought it would be more biased towards the libertarian side but it is surprisingly objective. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by J. Peterson