When scandals hit the government, and the populace is shaken out of its slumber, the opportunity can present itself for alternatives to the State. If emotional intensity is high enough, change can occur.
Naturally, government supporters will try to squash even the thought of alternatives. The usual line is to keep things as they are, have a few investigations, increase budgets, increase "oversight", and other nonsense which is carried on long enough for people to eventually forget about the scandal.
In the latest NSA leak case, we have a great example from David Frum. He pulls a Woodsian 3x5 index card approach as to what our alternatives are:
The alternative to the NSA model (computer-powered search of probabilities) is the TSA model of next, next, next. (6)
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) June 10, 2013
First of all, the government is already doing both!
Furthermore, notice how Frum tries to keep the issue boxed in, when in reality there is a HUGE alternative, which he dares not mention:
Americans can live without being spied on by the government or felt up (and radiated) by their employees at the airports.
We can survive (and thrive) without both!
Ron Paul spoke the truth many times on this very subject:
You never have to, and never should, give up any of your liberties for safety and security.