Ever hear of outside funding, outside influence, so forth?
It can happen when somebody across the street drops by to share ideas with you. Itâ€™s pretty horrible, because somebody who was external to your location comes over and maybe has an impact on you. Which should be illegal.
Do I sound sardonic?
I have my reasons: Two other citizen activists and I are being victimized by this sort of anti-outsider attitude. In our case, as practiced by the political establishment of Oklahoma. Trying to jail us for failing to predict how they would re-interpret their own rules prohibiting so-called â€œnon-residentâ€ petition circulators. For the sordid details, visit freepauljacob.com .
But a recent story from Russia shows how tyrannical the anti-outsider prejudice becomes when taken to its logical (or illogical) conclusion.
President Vladimir Putinâ€™s hand-picked successor, a previously unknown functionary, just won a meaningless political election in Russia. And now Putin is complaining about foreign funding of Russian political activists â€” whose activities are regularly censored and impeded by Putinâ€™s own government, most conspicuously so during the recent non-election.
The plight of would-be practitioners of Russian democracy underscores the dangers of bans on â€œoutsideâ€ influence. For influence, read â€œsupport for democratic rightsâ€ and â€œdialogue.â€
Letâ€™s hope Putinâ€™s not taking his cue from Oklahoma. Or vice versa.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.