Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote in his “Gulag Archipelago” that prisoners in the Soviet Union were in some ways more free than the people in the street.
When you have nothing, what is the threat of a fine? When you are already in prison what is the threat of imprisonment?
One of the curious side effects of the Liberal’s success in demonizing Bush and Cheney is that the threat can’t get any worse. “May as well be hung for a sheep as for a goat” the old saying goes.
When you have nothing to lose, you are free to act.