Political comment isn’t usually found on this blog. But some things are just too pivotal to pass over. ‘Cablegate’ in conceptual terms mirrors the practical processes necessary to ensure survival in the increasing likelihood of food crises and civil unrest as the inevitable train wreck that is the western economic model ploughs into the buffers of unsustainability at the end of the line. It’s time to wake up, think for ourselves and stop waiting around in expectation that the ‘right’ solution will come twinkling down like fairy dust from somewhere higher up the pecking order.
“The point is, if you are not standing on solid ground in terms of not just food storage, but a plan for sustainability, then you and your family are in serious danger. This is not a game, and it is not to be taken lightly. It is not something to be shrugged off and postponed for some undefined “later date”. If you have not already started the process of prepping for economic downturn or collapse, then you need to start today.”
“What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out. In the last decade its political elites have been shown to be incompetent (Ireland, the US and UK in not regulating banks); corrupt (all governments in relation to the arms trade); or recklessly militaristic (the US and UK in Iraq). And yet nowhere have they been called to account in any effective way. Instead they have obfuscated, lied or blustered their way through. And when, finally, the veil of secrecy is lifted, their reflex reaction is to kill the messenger.”
I don’t think Naughton has quite got to the core of it here. What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the populations of western democratic nations have been victims of their own delusional gullibility.
Political and financial elites in every part of the world and throughout history have always been incompetent, corrupt and recklessly militaristic, not to mention secretive, duplicitous, self-serving, greedy and all the rest. Just because we have some naive expectation that our representatives should somehow be free of these qualities doesn’t make them so. They’re qualities which are every bit as much part of human nature as all the good stuff is, and positions of above-average power and responsibility seem to bring them out in above-average measure. (“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton.)
Incredulity should be reserved for the fact that we’ve been so stupid as to believe it could be otherwise.
And in this context it doesn’t matter at all whether the Assange story can be taken at face value or is really, as some have suggested, a complex series of bluff and double bluff designed to manipulate public opinion, act as some sort of elaborate smokescreen, or justify more control of the internet.
“Our rulers have a choice to make: either they learn to live in a WikiLeakable world, with all that implies in terms of their future behaviour; or they shut down the internet. Over to them.”
Our rulers?!! In a democracy, we have representatives, not rulers. Or at least, so the theory goes …
WikiLeaks is a mega-decibel wake-up call to the citizenry of all so-called democracies. (As if 9/11 and the illegal war that followed wasn’t already …) The extent to which political pressure has apparently been successfully brought to bear on supposedly independent and apolitical corporations to shut off Assange’s financial support (PayPal and now VISA have closed WikiLeaks’ accounts) and ability to operate (his hosting companies have capitulated after repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks) when he has not been found guilty of any crime – the ‘rape’ charge seems a bit too convenient, but even if it were genuine is no justification for this kind of action – flies in the face of all known commercial and criminal laws and makes blatantly obvious what those in power get up to when things don’t go the way they want. In other words, what’s ‘right’ or ‘just’ won’t protect you.
Here’s another good post about the mainstream media’s signal failure to speak truth to power.
And some comment from the man himself.