Quote of the day—Noah Smith

What liberated us? It might have been the printing press, or capitalism, or the sailing ship. But it might have been the gun. And if it was the gun that liberated us, then we should be very worried. Because when the Age of the Gun ends, the age of freedom and dignity and equality that much of humanity now enjoys may turn out to have been a bizarre, temporary aberration.

Noah Smith
March 11, 2014
Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years
[We all know that the gun is civilization so that condition is met, but it’s not entirely clear to me that drones will eliminate the power of the gun. And drones are in the hands of private citizens as well as the government so it’s not a complete loss of power by the individual even if drones somehow make guns essentially obsolete.

But it is something to think about and I think a very real concern. Especially since the government is ahead of the curve some and is requiring registration of drones in this country. They missed the window of opportunity on registration of guns but they nailed it on drones.—Joe]


6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Noah Smith

  1. Noah, for whom are you named?

    The Reformation caused the freeing of the mind that created in us the ability to invent all the marvelous things you see today including the printing press, capitalism, sailing ships, and firearms. We put men on the freakin moon. Freedom comes from no man made object, NOAH, freedom comes from our creator.

    Christ is the single most dangerous thing to gov and controllers because Jesus, not church nor religion, sets us free and those who are free under his natural law instantly recognize the threat and deceit of human chains. You are bound by God to throw off these chains or suffer. There is a higher law.

    The dark ages are over, never go back!

  2. While drone registration has been ordered, the compliance rate is an interesting question. And drones are arguably easier to build than guns; certainly the necessary technology is more widely familiar. Not to mention that they have been combined; the powers that be were seriously panicking when someone (a teenager, as I recall) posted videos of a hobbyist size drone equipped with a Glock. Not intimidated, he followed that up by one showing a drone with a torch (a flamethrower). And those were just fun projects; imagine if the people decided to build these things for serious purposes.

  3. Drones represent a potentially huge leap is intelligence gathering and surveillance capacity. I.e., they are a tool much more amenable to use by the police state and criminals than to the average productive citizen, unlike guns which are as useful (though less frequently so on average) to the average citizen than the cop and criminal.

  4. Drones have all the disadvantages claimed for smart gun technology. They can be hacked, crashed, spoofed, etc. Double-ought buckshot still flies true.

  5. The Age of the Gun will continue, although the gun users might be a much more limited subset of the population. That subset will enjoy all the benefits of gun ownership. The rest, not so much.

  6. I wonder if the cops will start insisting that drones keep WAAAAY back during an altercation like some of them have done to cell phone photographers…….. I’m waiting for that first encounter.

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