Lessons On Freedom (From The Mouths of Brazilians…)Submitted by McWilly on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:58
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had some very strong words about the United States’ international spying operations today while addressing the U.N. General Assembly. After Edward Snowden‘s release of classified documents revealed the depth of America’s online espionage and data collecting operations, Brazilian government and citizenry have been in an uproar. Understandably so. Dilma’s words reach far beyond the borders of Brazil, however, and should echo in the heart of any American, or lover of liberty.
“Without the right of privacy, there is no real freedom of speech or freedom of opinion, and so there is no actual democracy,” Rousseff said. And “without respect for [a nation’s] sovereignty, there is no basis for proper relations among nations.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. This harkens back to the many times I have wrung my hands and screamed to the heavens about Americans sacrificing liberty and privacy for a thin veil of security that is far more conceptual than it is actual. If we have no privacy, we have no privacy to thought and without the intellectual liberty to form our own opinions in a government-less vacuum, we have already acquiesced to the powers that would seek to control us. Continue Reading