People who quietly told the state to fuck off.
More thoughts on the situation in Connecticut. The paragraph preceding the above:
This, of course, is the eternally fulfilled fear of those who oppose registration of things governments don't like—that allowing the government to know about them will result in their eventual confiscation. Such confiscation, despite assurances to the contrary, occurred in New York, California, and elsewhere. Connecticut has accomplished something special, though, by making "eventual" a synonym for "right now."
And right now a bunch of politicians are considering
Just how many people do we want to try to put in prison to attempt to enforce this law?
Just how many voters are how pissed-off at me right now?
and the big one:
What do we do if they keep publicly telling us "Fuck you. Come and take it." ?
This has to go under the heading of 'The Horror' and 'Somebody needs to pay'.
Posner, paranoid libertarians pose a genuine risk to the social
order, since their incessant harping on government misdeeds
threatens to undermine the functioning of the American state. “If
people trust the government, they may accept its assurances that
flying or nuclear power is safe. They may absorb the messages of
its educational programs. If they don’t trust the government, thenno go,” Posner writes.
Posner, you fucking idiot, that's AMERICA; we're not INTENDED to trust the government.
Especially because of tools like you.