Information Bill and Apathy

25 May 2011

Well, the Information Bill issue appeared rather quickly after the elections!  Surprise, or perhaps not?  So much for giving democratic effect to the will of the people – or do the people just not care about this massive infringement of their rights?

This reminds me of something written by a resident of Prague and who suffered the considerable iniquities of being denied just about any freedom at all.  She wrote:

It is not hard for a totalitarian regime to keep people ignorant.  Once you relinquish your freedom for the sake of ‘understood necessity’,  for Party discipline, for conformity with the regime, for the greatness and glory of the Fatherland, or any of the substitutes that are so convincingly offered, you cede your claim to the truth. Slowly, drop by drop, your life begins to ooze away just as surely as if you had slashed your wrists; you have voluntarily condemned yourself to helplessness“.

South Africans, you get what you voted for.  Enjoy.

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