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Totalitarianism Starts With Those Whom Society Hates

Here are the rules—by court order and coerced “agreement”—by which a Texas sex offender has to live for the rest of his life, even after he has served his entire prison sentences, if some hack psychologist doesn’t want him in his neighborhood and so testified, because of consequential ethics, that the offender is likely to engage in a predatory act of sexual violence:

Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Conditions

If you’re an ordinary person, you probably don’t care much what the State does to a sex offender who has been adjudicated a sexually-violent predator.

If you’re a right-thinking citizen, you probably think, “it serves him right.”

No car, no driver’s license, no contact with children (including his own), no alcohol. No unapproved travel, higher education, or contact of any sort with other humans. Life in a halfway house, regimented schedules, mail monitoring, polygraphs, penile plethysmographs, 24-hour surveillance, and GPS tracking. Mandatory non-private “therapy.” No “deviant” fantasies or “deviant” masturbation (but “positive masturbation is acceptable”). The risk of prison for violating the smallest rule. For the rest of his life.

If, when you read those conditions, you see a giant step toward an Orwellian society and start shopping for another case of ammunition, chances are that you’re a criminal-defense lawyer.

They came first for the sexually violent predators, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a sexually violent predator. Then they came for the sex offenders, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a sex offender. Then they came for the felons, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a felon. Then they came for the misdemeanants, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a misdemeanant. Eventually they came for me, but by that time no one was left to speak up.
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