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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Re: Damn it, 1984 was not a How To Guide!

Even the most authoritarian of regimes will not endure.

To quote CS Lewis:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Few, if any, in Westminster are there because they wish to be despots. The great majority are there because they wish to serve, but once inside the Westminster bubble they lose track of mundane reality(*) and their idea of serving becomes protecting an abstract "the people" from an abstract "the enemy", which regrettably must be done by temporarily restricting a few freedoms for the greater good. Those freedoms will, of course, be restored as soon as possible after the problem is solved.

(*) I've seen this happen to someone I used to be close to. It's not pretty but every step on the way they were convinced they were doing the right thing.

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