The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Monday, January 16, 2006
IN HONOR OF MLK DAY: A line from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail":
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal."
I think the political rhetoric of the '80s hit its low point when Oliver North's apologists tried to defend his Iran-contra operation as an act of King-like civil disobedience, as though there were no difference between citizens refusing to respect unjust laws and officials refusing to respect the legal limits on their power. I suppose it's only a matter of time before someone trots out the same argument to excuse the NSA's illicit wiretaps.


posted by Jesse 3:36 PM
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