The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight


September 29, 2006

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.Matthew 7:12

What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.Talmud, Shabbat 3id

I have little to add to the cogent analysis of those who still believe in the bedrock principles of the United States.

The bill that passed the Senate, by definition, establishes tyranny.

Not the kind of tyranny that settles like a haze over our daily lives or leaves us, like subjects in a totalitarian state, afraid to speak our minds.

This is the kind of tyranny the vast majority of us can safely ignore, knowing full well that we will never be declared “enemy combatants” and, in an instant, stripped of all our rights and protections.

But if that sense of security leads us to do nothing — or worse, to declare this abomination “just” and “good” because it might make us every so slightly safer — then we must confront the fact that we are complicit; that we are morally culpable.

We have sold the soul of our once-great nation (let it be great again) at the altars of greed, power, and fear.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.