My dad's latest:
To discourage truth-telling is the reason Ed Snowden must seek sanctuary in Russia; why Julian Assange must hide out in an Ecuadorian embassy; why a great journalist like Glenn Greenwald has moved to Brazil; and why Bradley/Chelsea Manning was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, a term far longer than those of any previous American government employees who had sold secrets to other governments or terrorist groups. A corrupt and utterly dishonest system cannot allow truth-seeking and truth-telling to prevail in a world run of, by, and for those who fancy themselves entitled to rule mankind.
The “whistle-blowers” provide evidence that the higher qualities of character, moral courage, and a commitment to truth – traits that offer a synonym for “integrity” – remain within the soul of mankind. These are the kinds of people Albert Jay Nock had in mind when he spoke of “the Remnant,” the men and women who will help to create social systems that serve all of mankind, not just the few who create and control the instruments of human destruction.
When men of character must go underground, hide out, or are imprisoned or threatened with death by the rulers, you can be assured that the society dominated by such brutishness is in its death throes. A system that insists on controlling others through increasing levels of systematic violence; that loots the many for the aggrandizement of the few; that regulates any expressions of human behavior that are not of service to the rulers; that presumes the power to wage wars against any nation of its choosing, a principle that got a number of men hanged at the Nuremberg trials; and finally, criminalizes those who would speak the truth to its victims, has no moral energy remaining with which to sustain itself. The treatment accorded private Manning may have been the final nail driven into the coffin of the American state. Those who pretend that the state serves any credible purpose on behalf of the well-being of mankind, will face the impossible task of demonstrating any such ends. When those who speak truth are imprisoned for doing so, there is no pretense of decency or worthwhileness left to the system.
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