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"Why the Boston lock-down was so revealing: it is a reminder of what all governments everywhere would like to achieve as a permanent state of social order. They want a society that doesn’t move, populated only by citizens who make no choices. Governments desire a world of utter stillness so that the politicians, bureaucrats, and officially armed thugs can be the only real actors. Everything else changes only when given permission from above and only according to a preset plan. A permanent condition of lock-down is the dream of every would-be despot and the true and eventual aim of every act of government."