"Out of doors political activity"
The weather in much of Britain is wet today. A good time, perhaps, to revisit this meditation from Glenn Reynolds on Anglo-American outdoors political activities -
Traditionally, Anglo-American political philosophy allowed for what Gordon Wood called "out of doors political activity" - behavior that was extralegal, but not exactly unlawful, in response to overreaching by authorities. Pauline Maier's excellent book, From Resistance to Revolution, documents this during the colonial and revolutionary eras, but it actually persisted for some time afterward. The thinking was that government officials couldn't always be checked via law, because they controlled the law and its administration - thus the need for citizens to (in the words of the Tennessee Supreme Court) "keep in awe those who are in power." The out-of-doors activity wasn't necessarily violent: generally, property was targeted first (think Boston Tea Party), and efforts against officials were generally designed to be embarrassing or humiliating rather than seriously dangerous.
Via Anne Palmer and the Times we received the news that "a violation of the fundamental procedural rights of the accused” will be implemented by the EU. In the near future Brits can be convicted in their absence by foreign EU courts without the right to face their accuser in person and defend themselves.
This basic right, which was held by even the ancient Roman citizen, will be trashed.
The Liberty Timeline suggests what gross infringements of their freedoms used to make Brits angry enough to take to outdoor activities. What outrageous overreaching by government does it take to make Brits valiant and defiant today?