Legal Tyranny

No tyranny is more cruel than the one practised in the shadow of the laws and under color of justice — when, so to speak, one proceeds to drown the unfortunate on the very plank by which they had saved themselves. And since a tyrant never lacks instruments for his tyranny, Tiberius always found judges ready to condemn as many people as he might suspect.

~ Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu (1689-01-19 1755-02-10 age:66)

Oddly, I first heard this quotation from the mouth of a construction worker infuriated at the way Canada’s Stephen Harper has been, bit by bit, dismantling our democracy.