If you perceive the state’s activities as patriotic efforts to protect all of us, then Snowden is indeed a traitor. If you see state secrecy – and everything the state does behind that veil – as self-serving efforts to preserve both autonomy and influence, then Snowden and others who drop the veil are heroes. I don’t see any other way to look at it.
Sunstein made a proposal – to infiltrate groups distrustful and suspicious of government’s motives – with no apparent cognition that infiltration is a go-to method for totalitarian or paranoid leaders who want to nip opposition before it grows.
Even more insidious, the referees on the field won’t care either. Why should they? Their ruling can be overturned for no reason anyone can see. Little by little, they’ll develop an attitude that does not value what happens on the field, and that discounts what they contribute to the game. They’ll just try to guess what the word from New York will be.
When you lie to the government, they put you in jail. When the government lies to you, you don’t know …
I like that, “all responsible states.” That’s like a bank with a broken safe telling its customers, after they’ve been robbed, “All responsible depositors must act together to counter the thieves’ ability to rob us again.”
What does the officer tell his family when he returns home that night? Does he tell them he did good work, because he’s safe while his victim lies on a gurney in the coroner’s office?
The pretense of legality founded on secrecy – where we accept secrecy as a condition of security, then illogically liken security with rule of law – can’t continue. We already have no respect for institutions that claim to protect us.
You might think government efforts to regulate gambling are about as hypocritical as government gets, until you realize the state has its hand in almost every racket identified as dangerous – or beneficial – to one group or another.
Congress plays, “Which one is a Weinstein?” After it identifies those guys, it asks, “Are you a major, totally worthless, disreputable Weinstein? Or are you minor, possibly worthless Weinstein, perhaps likable enough to keep around?”
Play the position on the board. Find the best move. If you lose the current game, you can set up the pieces and play again. Many players have won when they thought they might lose, if they just find the best move at each turn.
Trooper man shot into the car several times.
Don’t look at a policeman the wrong way,
Don’t say the wrong thing, because
He’ll put bullets through the driver’s side door.