"Those who sacrifice liberty for
security deserve neither."
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
death of the middle class will undermine our democracy
2. Comparing David Miranda
to phone hackers wilfully misses the point
3. Manning and Snowden:
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.
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
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
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.
3. Manning and Snowden: Necessary Heroes
This is a good brief essay
by John Atcheson in Common Dreams:
There is, among other things,
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.
And again yes indeed, except
that their deeds also were meaningful if they do not succeed.
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.
 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
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
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
from is quite pertinent.)
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: