2007-03-20 : Fruits of crime

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2007-03-20 : Fruits of crime

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2007-03-28 07:39

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Fruits of crime
March 20, 2007 Edition 1

I recently read about the demise of the Roman Republic, and that its move to authoritarianism was due to citizens freely surrendering their rights to a dictator in a state of fear.

In the 1960s and 1970s the fear of "terrorists" and the "onslaught" led to South African voters agreeing, tacitly or otherwise, to draconian security legislation curtailing our liberties.

We see today how increased power is corrupting society, while the government shows its determination to control and centralise all areas - the concept of democratic centralism, common to the old Soviet Union and current authoritarian states.

We have seen the failure of the government to champion human rights in the international arena and how it aligns itself with dictatorships.

The question arises whether the government is not tacitly, by accident or design, letting crime skyrocket so that the populace, out of fear like the ancient Romans, accedes to draconian steps and curtailment of civil liberties under the guise of combating crime? I sincerely hope not, but is it debatable?

Les Labuschagne, DA MP

Pretoria
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