Snowden is a character in the book Catch-22Submitted by happygirlapps on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 13:13
In the end, the main character Snowden spills his guts... literally. He dies because he wants to leave the army for reasons of insanity, but they won't let him leave because wanting to leave the army proves that he is sane. I have not read this book, but James Corbett and James Evan Polati reported on this in their latest video on corbettreport.com.
In the book, the antagonists end up saying that "catch-22" means "we can do whatever we want and there is nothing you can do to stop us".
I think there is another book that rising in sales very shortly, besides 1984.
Although I haven't read the book, and Evan42 is correct below... here is a link to some more info:
From the Spark Notes summary of Chapter 39 of Catch 22: The neighbor "tells Yossarian that the only right the soldiers had to chase the girls away was the right of Catch-22, which says 'they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.' ... Yossarian knows that Catch-22 does not exist but that its nonexistence does not matter, because everyone believes that it exists." It sounds like a line out of Larken Rose's The Most Dangerous Superstition.
Spark notes states that the section of the book in which Snowden appears "explodes the question of moral absolutes in war... Obviously, war carries a requirement to kill other people, and, as the old woman who notes the dominance of Catch-22 is aware, this fact undermines every other natural and moral law."
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yossarian " Snowden's death embodies Yossarian's desire to evade death; by seeing Snowden's entrails spilling over the plane, he feels that 'Man was matter, that was Snowden's secret. Drop him out a window and he'll fall. Set fire to him and he'll burn. Bury him and he'll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage.'"