An interesting dilemma: What do you do when the government of your country operates in a manner you find reprehensible? Normally, I think, the answer would be to elect a new government. But what about when the citizenry, by and large, supports the status quo?
I love the ideals this country was founded on, but I do not love the government. It's gotten to the point where I can hardly read the news because it raises my blood pressure so much. I escape into my work because every time I look up, there is something else to shake my head about. We have a government that passes and enforces laws contrary to its own Constitution, and then violates even those laws.
At this point, I doubt this can be fixed via politics. Politics in this country are dominated by the Republican and Democratic parties. I recently read a quote that said something to the effect of: "To control the populace, offer two similar parties, and encourage intense debate and disagreement over the minor differences". That's what we have in this country. People won't vote for someone who might make a difference, because they're afraid the bogeyman from the other party might win. And I have no idea what it would take to get a majority of Americans to realize this.
So what do you do? Do you just tuck your head under, ignore what's going on, and hope they leave you alone? Do you try to move somewhere else that's more in line with your ideals? Do you try to effect change via the existing political process? Via protests?
So back in the distant past (somewhere around 2006), I used to sign all my email with GPG. There wasn't any real point to it at the time, it was just something geeky to do. I'm beginning to think, though, that signing (and encrypting where possible) is a good idea -- even for routine messages. And given that I've recently switched back to a desktop email client -- after 5+ years with Gmail -- it shouldn't too difficult.
To that end, I've set up Thunderbird with the Enigmail extension. I've pasted my key below for convenience. The fingerprint is on the back of my business cards, so ask me for one if you see me.
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