Jun 14 2011

from oppression to a self regulating society

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It’s interesting that so many people are opposed to the erosion of civil rights in Canada and yet we bear the imposition of hundreds of new laws each year to supposedly create a more freedom.  Sometimes I wonder if anyone in Canada still has parents or other relatives that survived WWII?  Not so many – and lest we forget – hard lessons were learned by many people who suffered under the oppression of their leaders.

My uncle , the last relative to survive active duty in WWII, left my world some time around New Year. He was tireless for the rest of his life – trying to understand the reasons for war. He always marched for peace and once I saw his picture in the Vancouver Sun – marching with a Canadian flag on Hiroshima day.  He spoke English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and much of the time it was combined in the language of music.

Lately I have been concerned about the prison and the rail corridor and the fact that Lumby’s transportation corridor allows for buildings on it. I looked at the other communities’ transportation bylaws making their railway lines a transportation corridor – it seemed to me that only Lumby’s bylaw allowed for buildings on their transportation line.  I wondered why?

Now if you were planning to send people to prison by train – you would need a security building for the train to pass through or some sort of unloading station – maybe someone else has some idea about why there are buildings allowed in a bylaw to protect a transportation corridor.

I worry that with so much information being twisted, changed, manipulated for the end game of installing a prison here –  I wonder if this was how the people became colaborators in crime…

Well, it seems in Germany at least in Berlin, their history of oppression still plays a part in shaping society.  I “stumbled upon” this article and found it interesting – not that I want to see lawlessness abound but I do think the oppression of liberty doesn’t lead to a self regulating society. Anyway, I thought you might like to read the rest of the article around these two paragraphs

Berliners are especially fearful of surveillance – and police in general – after living with the East German secret police, the Stasi, for years. Moreover, Germany’s virulent data privacy movement, which aims to protect all sorts of public freedoms, is headquartered in Berlin.

So history, it seems, has inspired Berliners to consciously maintain their freedom, but also to regulate themselves rather than have the police do it for them. It might sound utopian, but it seems to work.

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