Comment: Public and Private

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Public and Private

There is neither any public nor any true private left. Just some gray mix of the two that serves a handful of people while screwing everybody else. In the absence of the rule of law, there is only war of one variety or another.

"Inter arma enim silent leges"
(In times of war, the law falls silent.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_arma_enim_silent_leges

"Many think it not only inevitable but entirely proper that liberty give way to security in times of national crisis that, at the extremes of military exigency, inter arma silent leges. Whatever the general merits of the view that war silences law or modulates its voice, that view has no place in the interpretation and application of a Constitution designed precisely to confront war and, in a manner that accords with democratic principles, to accommodate it."
Justice Antonin Scalia, 2004