Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Privateers And Volunteers

In Poul Anderson's The Star Fox, the World Federation won't declare war on an alien aggressor so France authorizes a privateer, arguing of course that this is legal. See here.

In SM Stirling's A Meeting At Corvallis, the Corvallis Faculty Senate debates endlessly instead of joining the war against the Protectorate so an emergency session of the Popular Assembly authorizes volunteers. Can it do this legally? It just did it.

That is how to do it. Take action while arguing the legality. In Britain a while back, activists in trade union branches knew that if they asked their bureaucratic national union leadership whether individual branches were constitutionally empowered to affiliate to the Anti-Nazi League, an alliance formed to confront the National Front, then the leadership would say no. Solution: don't ask the leadership for permission.


David Birr said...

Often phrased as, "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

But Lord Bear's friends in the Corvallis Popular Assembly who forced matters so that reinforcements would be sent and arrive just in time also made enemies. I recall how, I think, Mike Havel warned his friends that they would now have to watch out, even to get bodyguards. They had made their opponents in the Faculty Senate and Assembly look like fools, and NO one likes that.