Richard Godwin: Land of the free has lost sight of liberty’s meaning

A peculiar ritual plays out each night in Venice, California. There's a well appointed skatepark on the beach, not far from Dogtown, where skateboarding was first invented. You'll find every subgenre of skater there, nose-diving and kick-flipping and generally looking pretty rad. And at sundown, a member of the LAPD comes out with a loud-hailer to tell them to call it a day, a bit like Principal Skinner disciplining Bart Simpson. From


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