Today's digest is all about permissions. Who grants them these days, and do we really even require them anymore?
The stories in today’s news suggest that determining authority isn’t as clear as it once was. You can be a senator with twenty-nine years of experience—Arlen Specter—and still have that seniority questioned. You can be President of a country—Hamid Karzai—but still lack authority if can’t ensure basic safety. Though they’re getting eleventh-hour reprieves, newspapers have certainly slipped in stature. And even in places like communist China, people are starting to question the idea that government should be the arbiter of permissions.
Could it be that the concept of permission itself is fungible now?
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