[LMB] : Political Discussion

David McMillan skyefire at skyefire.org
Sun Jan 30 14:17:27 GMT 2011

On 1/30/2011 2:44 AM, I wrote:
> At 05:34 PM 1/30/2011, Tel wrote:
>> This is not... dissent, though. It's lobbying.
> ?? I didn't get the impression that corruption was involved.

     I think the original point, though, was that the Komarran 
leadership doesn't feel afraid of getting Solstice'd even if they keep 
nagging Gregor on a regular basis about their particular hobbyhorse.

     In most truly oppressive regimes on here-and-now Earth, "nagging" 
the government is often treated as a low-grade form of "dissent" and 
dealt with as such.  The PRC, for example -- it's only recently that 
personal-injury lawyers have been able to start making some headway in 
getting settlements from state-owned businesses for on-the-job 
injuries.  Not too long ago, an overly-persistent laywer, even one who 
was scrupulously within the letter of the law, could often find hirself 
subjected to various levels of off-the-books harrassment from the 
security apparat -- actual arrest was generally reserved for those who 
slipped up and actually said something that could be considered 
_lese_majeste_ (or, in this case, perhaps _lese_Party_?) in court.
     Back when the Ministry of Political Education (do I recall that 
right?) was a major force in Barrayaran politics, I'll wager that 
Komarran "lobbying" was treated as one step removed from insurrection.

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