05 July 2007

Independence Day Dystopia

Just a little thought on the 4th of July. The American Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July 1776 justified independence by pointing out that King George of Great Britain had contravened several key features of just rule. Among them were the following:
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:”
A decade ago, if you had written a story about the US administration abrogating these principles, you would have had to be writing dystopian science fiction.



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