Smugglers of truth by Naomi WolfSubmitted by JKap on Tue, 01/20/2009 - 14:38
Smugglers of truth
Every once in a while, a culture shifts. You feel like a Luddite until your new learning curve is complete. That is the experience I have been having recently, as my book The End of America has been turned into a documentary. Can political documentaries make a difference? For someone who lives mostly in the dimension of words, it is an exciting and scary question.
The End of America details the 10 steps that would-be dictators always take in seeking to close an open society; it argued that the Bush administration had been advancing each one. I took the message on the road, and one of those early lectures - at the University of Washington in Seattle, in October 2007 - was videoed by a member of the audience. Even with its bad lighting and funky amateur vibe, this video, posted on YouTube, has been accessed almost 1,250,000 times.
First and foremost, before the chorus of detractors get started, my action in posting this article to the Daily Paul does not constitute my endorsement of Naomi Wolf or her ideology. Truth be told, I got a lot out of her book "The End of America" and I appreciated her presence at the Revolution March on July 12th, 2008.
However, over the course of time since the Revolution March, I have been largely convinced by her words and actions that she is not the "revolutionary" that she makes herself out to be and that she refuses to acknowledge the obvious and false left-right paradigm of the War Party.
Ms. Wolf has described the "election" of one Barack H. Obama as "The People's Counter-coup" and has heralded Mr. Obama's black-ness. The last straw for many of us was when we heard her heartfelt praise for Mr. Obama's choice for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Still squarely in the Blame-Bush (and the "Republican" Bad Guys) crowd, Ms. Wolf has apparently taken her wares to the U.K. In the article, she heaps praise on Al Gore for having raised "mass awareness of the reality of global warming" and in the associated video interview, she decries the national DNA databank becoming an Orwellian reality in the U.K. However, she is apparently unaware that a similar national DNA databank was passed in the United States in 2008.
While I am in favor of forming coalitions with people of differing political stripes when it serves the purposes of advancing the cause of individual liberty and the restoration of constitutional government, it beggars the imagination that Naomi Wolf is anything but a partisan shill.
"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." -John F. Kennedy