"The first step in saving our liberty
is to realize how much we have already lost,
how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose it
unless fundamental political changes occur."
James Bovard
(1956- ) American author, lecturer
Lost Rights, 1994
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But how to wake up a numbed and dumbed populace?
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    ... especially when so many seem to revel in their loss of freedoms...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    The first step in any endeavor is to recognize the situation. The statement is self-evodent. The second step is to evaluate it correctly and then determine a course of action. That's where the dissention is. I doubt if Bovard's libertarian views would coincide with mine. The statement is true, as far as it goes, but is almost meaningless
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    The fundamental change that needs to occur is in realms far removed from politics--politics is the symptom not the cause.
     -- EGL, LA     
    Loss of liberty is NOT self-evident to many people, as politicians and the media keep saying "we live in a free country" as our rights are crushed, using fear to create unconstitutional laws (i.e. the Patriot Act). The people of this country need to determine a course of action and take it to regain lost freedoms. I'd like to see implementation of term limits for every political office, so professional politicians (Kennedy) lose power.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    There's something in the water.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    I agree totally - and those changes are; proportional representation, campaign finance reform, and voting receipts – unless we have these we are not a true democracy.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    You are quite right, Joe, loss of liberty is NOT self-evident, but, what I said was; the recognitiom of the loss is so obvious it is meaningles If one doesn't even realize how much he has lost, then maybe there is no problem. After all, Bovard was such a strong Libertarian -- to the point of paranoia about government -- he saw invasions of his liberty all around him. I give the quote a weak two stars. I am well aware of cases like the last election of the Weimar Republic in 1933 with the rise of the Third Reich and the election of Hamas in Palestine. or Hesbolah in Lebanon, etc. but I don't feel those are the intrusions Bovard is looking at. For me the actions of our present administration sacrificing basic freedoms for a measure of security are enough.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
     -- Lizzie, Rhode Island     
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