By Dan Hagen
Once, we were supposed to give up all our civil liberties to fight the menace of communism.
When that "menace" collapsed under its own ossified weight, America's ruling class had a moment of near-panic.
Now, we are supposed to give up all our civil liberties to fight the menace of terrorism. Things are back to normal. America's ruling class is sanguine again.
The point has never been the much-trumpeted, corporate-media-ballyhooed, vague, largely phony menace, cut to fit the fashion of the year. The point has always been getting rid of those civil liberties. Rulers find them immensely irritating.