Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meta-EE and the Constitution Part 4: Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Does protection from the caprice of the sovereign increase the scope of euvoluntary exchange? Does regime uncertainty impoverish constituents?

In the extreme, a flatulent tinpot dictator might run amok, nationalizing industry by the NAICS-load, seizing homesteads, and hurling dissidents into hinterland camps to await the tender ministrations of waterboarding interrogators. This amendment, the fifth, this is the crash helmet that guards the coconut of the common citizen against the hammer of the state.

Well, as long as it retains its integrity. Clever dogs chew through their muzzles. Inattentive owners let it happen.

The fifth amendment is just as meta-euvoluntary as vigilance permits. For whatever that's worth.

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