We would rule out skepticism only if we want to rule out investigation of diverse ideas or hypotheses. Why would we want to do that?
Infamy: Political Crimes and Their Consequences
When we let Kennedy’s murderers go, they recreated the country in their own image: a country of bondage, war, and bitter quarrels. To reclaim Kennedy’s vision, reclaim power from the people who killed him.
When governments operate in secrecy, trust in government goes down. Rumors circulate about what government is up to.
If we ask what happened, our minds dream up thought experiments to help us explain phenomena that appear inexplicable. If we dream up thought experiments, we start to read books like those by David Ray Griffin. By that point, you have transformed yourself into a respected conspiracy theorist.
Nothing lasts to infinity. Every building has to come down sometime. It’s economical to plan for end-of-life when you build it, especially when you’re dealing with a reinforced steel frame.
To find the truth, test falsifiable hypotheses against all evidence you have available. That process leads you to new questions, new hypotheses, new tests, new evidence, and new conclusions. This powerful process moves you away from ignorance and toward the truth incrementally.
Two video recordings on Kennedy’s murder.
Video recording about The Men Who Killed Kennedy.
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.
When you lie to the government, they put you in jail. When the government lies to you, you don’t know …