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Responding to
A Paranoid Wacko's Vision of the Future
by James Leroy Wilson

Michael H. Thomson from Hurricane Alley, Florida writes:
September 16, 2004
A very scary article JLW - I hope for all of our sakes that it is not prophetic.

Jonathan Wilson from Chicago writes:
September 16, 2004
From time to time I have been public in questioning JLW. Not on this article. JLW has charted a trajectory that is so reasonable as to be counted likely. It is extremely disturbing but neither paranoid nor wacko.

Sincerely, Pastor Jonathan Wilson, Chicago

James Leroy Wilson from the Swamp writes:
September 17, 2004
Thanks for the comments. As an addendum to my article, I just want to point out that the same day it was published, Wendy McElroy at LewRockwell.com came out with evidence that 3 out of 4 Congressmen want your children screened for mental illness as defined by the government, and possibly drugged by the government. You may find that article here: www.lewrockwell.com/mcelroy/mcelroy36.html

Brian Mack from Grand Rapids, MI writes:
September 20, 2004

I understand your premise in regards to the Patriot act and the ramifications for unrestrained govormental intrusion. But you lost me on the McCain-Feingold thing. Perhaps I am not well-versed enough in the detail of that particular piece of legislation. Would you mind breaking it down for me?

While I am hesitant to do so, I am going to go out on a limb here (call me idealistic) and suggest that the the future is not as grim a picture as you paint. Your premise conjures up virtually every apocolyptic third world war scenario that I have ever seen. All you need to do is throw in a computer generated reality, a couple of human hunting androids, 24 hour surveillance through our television sets, and mass distribution of sedatives to the lower classes and we'd have one whiz bang of a screenplay!

Ours is an inefficient, corruptable, and all too often failing system of government. However, I think that we can agree that it is also the best working model the world has ever seen. We have several examples of JLW's dark view, my question would then be what is the light view? Is there anything that your happy about vis a vie the way that the country is going?

James Leroy Wilson from The Swamp writes:
September 20, 2004
Thanks, Brian, for the letter. As far as McCain-Feingold goes, one of the effects of it is to prevent public interest groups like the ACLU or NRA to not only run attack ads but virtually any ad that questions a candidate's record, sixty days before an election. The heart - the very purpose of the First Amendment - has been ripped out.

The title of the article was intended so that everyone take it with a grain of salt. I'm not saying that this dreary scenario will unfold. But I do see cultural and intellectual forces at work which make it far less implausible than one might suspect. And I would rather cultivate a spirit of suspicion and indignation when politicians seek to centralize power and curb liberty, than to cultivate a spirit of complacency and trust in the system. That is, to suggest that totalitarianism is a possible outcome for America, even though we want to deny that it can't happen here.

Some of Brian's other points will be the subject of my next article.

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