Practicing for jail time, aren't we?
I'm not living in a free society if I can't voice my opinion without being thrown in jail for it.
As to the balance of power, it's a very, very vague question. Which power? Political, economical, cultural, military...? How many sides are there? What's "too far"? Compared to what? In the US? Europe? China? Singapore?
It is a matter of personal preference. I view keeping the balance of good v. evil, the environment v. capitalism, etc., etc, as equals. Whenever the balance shifts too far to one side bad things happen - global warming, the elimination of human rights, martial law, economic downfall, etc. It's something like yin and yank, the light and dark side - as long as they are kept balanced, the world is fine. Tip it too far in either direction (even good!) and problems occur. I was speaking alittle philosophically, but trying to keep the discussion bounded to politics, although my position applies broadly to many things.
You missed two all-important questions
I had assumed the reader would ask them, implicitly, however you are correct.
Cultural? Debatable, but Internet certainly did major things to culture, in the US at least.
I'd debate that with you, but I don't have enough space in this comment box. :)
I have a suspicion that keeping one's head down to stay under the radar is going to become a lifelong habit...
For you? Me? People in general? It's largely true that people don't want to rock the boat. Some people are exceptional, but most just follow the herd.
There is no evidence of a massive crackdown (in the West, again)
4 words: Digital Millenium Copyright Act. I rest my case.
Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.
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