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 …
The war launched on September 11, 2001, was designed to inaugurate a new American century. It certainly did that, but not in the way America’s leaders expected.
One helpful reminder is that nothing Trump has threatened to do, however horrible or outlandish, comes close to the damage Bush and Cheney did when they started the Iraq war.
Such a loss of connecting tissue ends nationhood. That is our current destination, unless we find leadership that prevents such a grim outcome.
When you lay an accusation that someone’s views are dangerous, you say more about yourself than you might think. You suggest some views, and people who voice them, do not deserve protection.
I’ve written a lot about how government officials lose trust when they conceal or destroy evidence of political crimes. The …
Each advance of knowledge and narrative counts as one more step. However imperfect our understanding of the whole story, even a small amount of accurate knowledge outweighs many false beliefs.
Questions about police Read: http://t.co/CwpywJyxb9 — Steven Greffenius (@sgreffenius) January 3, 2015 Does intellectual dishonesty work? – Intellectual dishonesty appears …
It ought to make us angry when other people deceive us. I’m not talking about white lies. Those deceptions are part of everyday life. I’m talking about deceptions that matter. Call them black lies.
For both Dallas and 9/11, the feds produced a guilty party before they determined what happened. They said “Oswald” and “bin Laden” before they resolved basic questions about the crimes.