Excellent piece in the Village Voice with a breathtaking image at the top.
Things We Lost in the Fire by Alisa Solomon
From the top: "Could Tom Ridge have said anything scarier or more telling as he accepted the post of homeland security czar? Trying to strike the bell of liberty, he sounds its death knell, depicting government not as the agent of the people's will, but as an imperious power with the authority to give us our democratic freedoms. Which means, of course, that it can also take them away."
As apropos as it was in 1969, 1999, in 1899: Question Authority.