Maybe you can fight City Hall
I’m putting this over here in OTC, because it’s largely just piggy-backing on James Vonder Haar’s post on civil forfeiture. Still, I think this is worth noting in a post:
If the tides are suddenly turning for the practice of civil forfeiture — and it appears that there is indeed a growing trend — then along with Net Neutrality, you can make a very strong argument that two major changes in public policy have been brought about by none other than John Freaking Oliver.
After all, civil forfeiture has been used in its current form for about three decades, and in all that time was popular with the law and order crowd and a big snooze to everyone else — until this aired on HBO:
That’s two major policy shifts in one year, in areas where it had always been a foregone conclusion by pretty much everyone that Goodness and Light would be defeated by the Powers of Darkness.
And yet here we are.
Thanks to a fake news show, broadcast by a subsidiary of a major corporation that had largely written the Net Neutrality legislation that the fake news show helped scuttle.