It got built; it can be taken down
I was going to make a note about this 10-minute video interview of Regina Kelly by Radley Balko when I saw it yesterday. Events got ahead of me, but Billy does a usual fine job of commentary — as he does any time he takes the time to do it.
He did; and now I don’t have to. Read the whole thing (not very long) and see if you can grasp the underlying point in it. My angle was going to be that all this new media is just the thing to make people aware of what’s going on, and I’m actually optimistic it will do some good in the medium term, like perhaps the next decade or so. Unfortunately, there will be many Regina Kellys who get chewed up in the meantime. You may get chewed up, or some part of you, or someone you love and perhaps depend on will get chewed up and in so many cases the damage will be irrevocable — if not financially, in terms of a crushed soul.
The state will always make laws and exercise them, and yes, there is a peaceful process for changing them. But it amazes me every day: the cold exercise of what’s presumed to be "justice" on the thin basis of force-backed authority, which if you think about it is forced-backed primarily because it lacks any kind of real moral authority. When you’re fundamentally wrong, then the only way to advance yourself is by means of guns and fists.