Citizen Tom

What is a state of emergency? Given how often our leaders have used a so-called state of emergency to abuse their powers, we should be surprised that expression is not more mysterious. When it is relatively simple idea, how is it that declaring a state of emergency is such a easy way to fool us and deprive us of our rights?

Consider what Wikipedia has to say.

state of emergency or emergency powers is a situation in which a government is empowered to be able to put through policies that it would normally not be permitted to do, for the safety and protection of their citizens. A government can declare such a state during a natural disaster, civil unrest, armed conflict, medical pandemic or epidemic or other biosecurity risk. Justitium is its equivalent in Roman law—a concept in which the Roman Senate could put forward a final decree (senatus consultum ultimum) that was not…

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