Arcata, anarchy and art

It is always easy to fall into the trap of regarding a nation as monolithic in its prejudices and passions. So a reminder that many Americans abhor much of the recent abuse of their democracy is timely. Duncan Campbell writes that:

Arcata is the first city in the US to pass an ordinance instructing its employees, including its police chief, not to “officially assist or voluntarily co-operate” with federal investigators who try to enforce the country’s Patriot Act…
The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act – to give it its full name – was passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, expanding federal powers to carry out wire taps and computer and electronic surveillance and to detain without trial…
While many other cities and counties have passed measures condemning the act, none has gone so far as to make compliance with it against the local law, although the ordinance itself would certainly be challenged by the federal authorities if it was ever used.
Nationwide, 126 local councils have passed measures opposing the act, says Nancy Talanian, director of the Bill of Rights Defence Campaign.

But much as I wish to praise the firm stand of Arcata residents against those who would ride fear to rob liberty, it’s the town’s “annual kinetic sculpture race” which would probably pull me to visit.

About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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One Response to Arcata, anarchy and art

  1. fioricet says:

    tramadol “This is a job for BOB VIOLENCE and SCUM, the INCREDIBLY STUPID MUTANT DOG.”
    — Bob Violence
    fioricet

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