June 1, 2020:- What is there to say today. Following the slow and public killing of George Floyd by an agent of the state, there is some valuable discussion about the doctrine of qualified immunity, e.g. this article in reason, and some renewed interest in a subject that was in the news before COVID 19, e.g. this 2019 post from the ACLU on the way collective bargaining agreements stymie reform. In a future post, I will weigh in.
But for now, I believe that it is worth thinking about two simple statements. First, this one, sometimes attributed to George Washington: “Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Second, this quote from V for Vendetta.
I offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Floyd’s loved ones.