I enjoyed reading Jim Gough’s letter in the Nov. 23 Outlook, “Freedom doesn’t survive in isolation.” It was very insightful and thought-provoking. I found a couple of passages to be of particular interest, with regard to the path taken by totalitarian governments in waiting.“They cauterize public opinion against fake demons stirring the pot” and “they convert informed political discussion into hateful personality attacks, taking control of information and preventing open access to government decision-making. With this documentation, the public could make critically informed decisions discovering government mistakes, incompetence or corruption.”
I couldn’t agree more. However, I do have a confession to make. With the exception of the last few paragraphs, I thought that the subject matter of the letter was our current federal government.