October 09, 2015

Thought for the Day

JoAnn Wypijewski in the Nation, addressing the strange paradox of putative liberals' calls for greater state power as a way of addressing state abuses of power:

Now, so drilled are we in the language of crime and punishment that any skepticism about the central role of victims seems scandalous. It is an effort to recall that due-process rights belong to the accused. It is an effort to presume innocence of the accused, to see a trial as the opposite of a forum for the aggrieved, to acknowledge that the state is not free—under that crumpled thing the Constitution—to do whatever it takes to “get the bad guy,” and we are not free when it does.

(via Fredrik deBoer.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at October 9, 2015 10:20 PM