ugust 29, 2013
Crisis: Middle class, Guardian, Manning and Snowden
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

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1. The death of the middle class will undermine our democracy
2. Comparing David Miranda to phone hackers wilfully misses the point
3. Manning and Snowden: Necessary Heroes
About ME/CFS


There wasn't much today about the crisis, unless it is about the U.S.'s urge to somehow hit Syria. That I will not consider so I have just three items, that I only will comment briefly.

1. The death of the middle class will undermine our democracy

The first is Susannah Moore in the Guardian and it is about the middle class, and its death:
This ends as follows:
What matters now is that their value system holds together, as vague, priggish and narcissistic as it is. Because without this middle-class state of mind, this ever expanding inequality governed by aristocrats looks less like a democracy and more like a system that never shook off feudalism.

I don't know whether I agree, but I agree the situation looks bleak.

2. Comparing David Miranda to phone hackers wilfully misses the point

Next, the Guardian defending itself against
other British papers:
It ends like this:
There is a public debate to be had over how to strike the right balance between security, civil liberties, freedom of speech and privacy. Publishing the Snowden files has stimulated that discussion. Publishing information obtained illegally can be in the public interest. To muddle the vital debate around state surveillance with the conduct of police investigations into alleged surveillance by newspapers is a deliberate attempt to miss the point.
Yes, indeed.

3.  Manning and Snowden: Necessary Heroes

This is a good brief essay by John Atcheson in Common Dreams: 

There is, among other things, this:
Americans were – and to some extent still are – profoundly ignorant of how completely these programs usurped their rights and violated our principles.  This isn’t a failure of citizenship alone.  It is a failure on the part of the press to report on or investigate things they thought would be unpopular or bad for business.
Manning and Snowden did what an effective press used to do – they revealed the truth to the people.  They are heroes by necessity.   But their deeds have meaning only if we the people, pay attention to the real issue their stories address – wholesale criminal acts by government that have gone virtually unreported by a feckless press.
And again yes indeed, except that their deeds also were meaningful if they do not succeed.
[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, that the governors do not rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I quote from is quite pertinent.)

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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