"No government of the Centre would seek powers to imprison individuals who have committed no crime merely on the say-so of "experts" who believe they might commit a crime. No libertarian government would want to reduce our right to trial by jury, to curfew children, to place "anti-social behaviour orders" on citizens, to conduct compulsory DNA and drug tests on all offenders. No government that was concerned with freedom would seek to ban pursuits that harm no one, such as foxhunting, simply because they are unpopular. No government that has respect for its citizens would seek to interfere so intimately with so many of their private activities -- for instance, what right does a government have to tell me under what terms and conditions I may sell my house. The transaction should, quite simply, be none of their business."
Letter to Editor, London Times, October 13, 1999.
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In status of an individual sovereign, expanding his lawful expression, a term (based on language limitations) government would define lawful activities. In such government of, by, and for 'We The People', the government is an integral extension of the individual sovereign and could do nothing the individual sovereign could not lawfully do himself. Only in the case, when a government is in toto aloof from 'We The People', i.e., a foreign despot, an alien organic hegemony, could that government imprison individuals who have committed no harm - a lawful crime (even by the rantings of a kangaroo court or even having no charges leveled at the individual at all), or acted in his most basic inalienable rights, would man unlawfully and unjustly be made a helot, serf, and slave.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I think that George Thomas has it right. It's good to see that not everyone in England has gone crazy.
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