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Getting it in writing

“Before the 1770s, the idea of a magical document that ‘constituted’ your government, state, and politics—the idea that all laws and governmental authority would have to refer back to a single document, a single code—was almost as surprising as the idea that independence was something you could just speak into existence, declare. Pretty much all the other governments in the world lacked any pretense of representing the will of their people; the king was the king because he was the king, and because Fuck You, and also maybe because of the Bible. But mostly he was the king because he had all these guys with swords and guns and horses that would come to your house and burn it down and murder you.” — Aaron Bady, “Dumb Computers, Smart Cops” (emphasis in original)

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2 Comments

  1. I love this. It reminds me of that Eddie Izzard bit where the English disembark at Plymouth Rock and say to the Native Americans, Yes, but do you have a flag?

    • i like eddie izzard. his take on san francisco and alcatraz is great.

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