Edward Snowden and "Paradigm Shifting Events"Submitted by Marc Clair on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:43
Did you feel that too? Prior to the Snowden revelations, libertarians educated themselves and others on the crimes of the State in the normal humdrum fashion. The surveillance state, the banking system, the immoral wars; all of these assaults on liberty happening all around us. Yawwwwn. Some people would listen, some might even visit Mises.org and read an article or two, but for the most part, libertarians continued to have difficulty waking up the distracted, apathetic public. Despite our jumping up and down and pointing out the gun in the room, the Empire seemed to be marching us merrily down the road to you know what..
Then BOOM! We burst through some kind of propaganda membrane into another dimension of awareness. And this is only the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ Snowden’s initial information dump has confirmed the fears of surveillance state critics and knocked the mainstream media down to the mat. Predictably, the media whores for the consolidated corporate-state power are demonizing Edward Snowden, scrambling to reassure the public that the NSA spying on everyone in the world is for their safety, and bracing for impact, because the 30 year old intelligence analyst isn’t done yet.
What effects have we seen from Snowden’s selfless act of bravery? As Paul Craig Roberts puts it:
The pretense that amerika is a democracy responsible to the people has been exposed. The US is run by and for the NSA. Congress and the White House are NSA puppets.
America’s “sanctimonious mask” has been removed, and nations like China, Russia, and Ecuador aren’t cooperating with the ’hypocrite of the century‘ President Barack Obama.
Has Washington D.C. lost all credibility? Let us hope so. The predictable smear campaign against Snowden, Greenwald, and anyone else who questions this massive invasion of privacy around the world has outed mainstream pundits and “journalists” as boot-licking regime defenders.