I came here to chew gum and exercise my democratic rights, and I'm all out of democratic rights.
@deshipu ah well, time to disengage from politics until the next vote
After we reached a stalemate (the government really wanted to push ACTA through) a good friend of mine quipped, half-jokingly, to Tusk:
> Mr Prime Minister, history teaches us that almost the only time a government lets the people gain any freedoms is through a revolution. I would hope we can avoid that.
Context: there were tens of thousands of Poles on the streets protesting against ACTA
@rysiek That's actually a myth, revolutions don't bring freedoms by themselves.
@deshipu you are not wrong.
But my friend did not say "revolutions always bring freedoms". He said "almost the only time a government lets the people gain freedoms is through a revolution".
So, there's that.
@rysiek Technically during a revolution there is no government to allow or forbid anything.
@deshipu fair point.
@deshipu In broad sense it was, but not directly. I just remember the sudden shift of mood on the ground. One moment nobody ever heard of SOPA/ACTA, then Megavideo dies and suddenly even my mom (who otherwise isn't following such events) starts talking about SOPA, PIPA & ACTA and people are out in the streets protesting.
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