Raymond Chandler relished finding names for his quirky characters, including Philip Marlowe, the pipe-smoking, chess-playing private eye — a literary kinsman to Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett’s solitary sleuth — whom I first met in the pages of fiction as a teenager and whom I have known more than fifty years. Sometimes the names are dead giveaways about the morality or immorality of the character, sometimes they’re opaque, but I’ve always found them intriguing and an open invitation to try to solve the mystery myself.
The single biggest problem with “Why are you worried about the authorities monitoring you if you’ve got nothing to hide?” is the built-in assumption that the monitoring authority is doing its job without corruption, malfeasance, or other malevolent intent. There’s a reason they put the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights, and it’s why people make a big deal about “probable cause,” warrants, and the like. It is as much a firewall against tyranny as the rest of the Amendments.
Given that there has never in the history of the world been an authority not tainted by the evil side of human nature, we cannot trust any authority with that much power. The Founders knew.
Tremendous performance by Savages on the Jimmy Fallon show the other night. They did “She Will” on air, and then a web-only “City’s Full.”
@savagesband We’re playing a track on @latenightjimmy tonight @jimmyfallon @NBC 12:37am/11:37c #LNJF
@jimmyfallon Tonight: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne & Bruce Jenner. Plus, music from @Savagesband & the Battle of the Instant Songwriters! #LateNight #LNJF
Thanks to my buddy Susan’s head’s up, I have the DVR ready to go. Savages’ new Silence Yourself is my best album of 2013 so far.
I will fast-forward through the Ethan Hawke portion. #umaforever