I came across the following in my reading a few months back. I had not expected to see it

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I came across the following in my reading a few months back. I had not expected to see it acted out in American society, circa 1993. "Feudal society was so granular in structure, composed of such compact curds, that any individual who attempted to remove himself from the close and omnipresent conviviality, to be alone, to construct his own private enclosure, to cultivate his garden, immediately became an object of either suspicion or admiration, regarded as either a rebel or a hero and in either case considered 'foreign' --- the antithesis of 'private.' The person who stood apart, even if his intention was not deliberately to commit evil, was inevitably destined to do so, for his very isolation made him more vulnerable to the Enemy's attacks. No one would run such a risk who was not deviant or possessed or mad; it was commonly believed that solitary wandering was a symptom of insanity. Men and women who traveled the roads without escort were believed to offer themselves up as prey, so it was legitimate to take everything they had. In any case, it was a pious work to place them back in some community, regardless of what they might say, to restore them by force to that clearly ordered and well-managed world where God intended them to be, a world composed of private enclosures and the public spaces between them, through which people moved only in cortege." Georges Duby, A HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE: REVELATIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD It would seem that human nature is indeed a constant, and that we are no better than our redneck peasant ancestors. The difference today, of course, is that we have Federal agencies do the dirty work for us. It is evident that the people at Mount Carmel --- those who survive the siege, that is --- will be sent, one and all, to prisons and mental hospitals; that their property will be confiscated down to the shirts on their backs; and that the juveniles among them will be put in foster homes. All this, for a weapons-possession charge, the moral equivalent of jaywalking. Remember, gang, the ATF attack on this place was predicated on the assumption that no one would object, because no one would care, because after all the Davidians are a bunch of weirdos, and it's OK to shoot weirdos, right? Check out today's WALL STREET JOURNAL for a letter to the editor comparing this to the SS attack on the Warsaw Ghetto. We're not all taking it lying down. ============================================== Another file from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS specializing in e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ===============================================

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