Saturday, October 12, 2013

Land of the Free?

Land of the Free?  The inimitable Mark Steyn has a new piece posted at NRO that concludes:
I wonder what those Japanese and Australian tourists prevented from photographing bison or admiring a geyser make of U.S. claims to be “the land of the free.” When a government shutdown falls in the forest, Americans should listen very carefully. The government is telling you something profound and important about how it understands the power relationship between them and you.

The National Park Service should be out of the business of urban landmarks, and the vast majority of our “national” parks should be returned to the states. After the usurpation of the people’s sovereignty this month, the next president might usefully propose a new Charter of the Forest.
I've been thinking about Nineteen Eighty-Four a lot, recently...

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