Gus Van Horn has a frightening post on how the New Democrats are trying to bring censorship to the internet. They want to have all bloggers with 500 or more visitors register with congress as a lobbyist.
Blair at the Secular Foxhole posts on this also (scroll down, it's part of a two-piece post).
Lubos Motl reports on The Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen who interviewed Dave Roberts who in turn wants Neuremburg-like trials for Climate Change skeptics. Heidi said she wants to have all weather broadcast persons de-certified if they disagree with the establishment's global warming dogma.
Yep! Now that the Democrats are back in power, all kinds of Goebbels hopefuls and witch doctor wannabes are crawling out of the woodwork. They can't wait to use force on their fellow human beings.
Ayn Rand once said that there are 4 requirements for a nation to be "...a dictatorship: one-party rule--executions without trial or with a mock trial, nationalization or expropriation of private property--and censorship." (From the essay "Collectivized Ethics" in the book The Virtue of Selfishness.)
The Republicans are no longer a viable alternative to the Democrats as they share the same moral code of altruism, so we almost have one party rule. The antitrust laws and all government regulations constitute non-objective law making mock trials possible. Fortunately, they haven't tried to execute anyone without a trial--yet. The government's power to expropriate private property was recently expanded via Kelo. And I can't think of a more blatent example of censorship than to threaten broadcast weathermen with de-certification if they don't toe the establishment line.
Yes, we are moving inexorably towards dictatorship. I would like to see a strong Republican president in office to resist Democratic statism but I just don't see Bush as that man. In fact, he's beginning to look more and more like the Republican version of Jimmy Carter every day.
In a way, I like the idea that these statists like Ms. Cullen and Mr. Roberts are getting this publicity. I believe there are enough intelligent Americans left who can see just what kind of intellectual savages they are and by implication, what kind of future they portend for America. And for those Americans who can't see it, there are Objectivists who are willing to inform them of it. I'm hopeful anyway.