Good Evening ATS.
I'm going off on one - why? Because during a live question and answer session with Julian Assange, I've seen something that really gave me
confidence Wikileaks are doing the right thing.
The Guardian Wikileaks Article
A little way down the page, after looking through the interesting, and not so interesting answers, you'll find this question -
Western governments lay claim to moral authority in part from having legal guarantees for a free press.
Threats of legal sanction against Wikileaks and yourself seem to weaken this claim.
(What press needs to be protected except that which is unpopular to the State? If being state-sanctioned is the test for being a media organization,
and therefore able to claim rights to press freedom, the situation appears to be the same in authoritarian regimes and the west.)
Do you agree that western governments risk losing moral authority by attacking Wikileaks? Do you believe western goverments have any moral authority
to begin with?
Followed up by this answer -
The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an
environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western
speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship,
because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power
of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade.
For those of you who don't know, the person posing the question, as well as Julians' answer both allude to the concept of Corporate Cosmology -
created, and summed up excellently in this excerpt from the film 'Network' (1976) - Look here:
The video, the question, and Julians' answer all tackle the environment created by the corporatocracy we all find ourselves in. Politics, as it is,
can now only operate within the confines of its' TOOL, that tool being the for-profit, debt-based monetary (fiscal) system that underpins most
developed societies. RECOGNISE, that all forms of political will, all forms of media communication, and most education, in the modern world -
operates within this extremely limiting environment.
OUR planet, is being TERRAFORMED into a corporate environment, forcefully evolved into a place where only the fiscally solvent and adapted can survive
WIKILEAKS is on OUR side. They go after nation state governments only to expose that the corporate cosmology we find all around is one and the same
with our 'nation-state' governments. It's about time that we, as proponents of denying ignorance, gave our full and unequivocal support to Julian
and his colleagues at Wikileaks.
They are going after the banks next. The big pharmacoms. The mining companies. The petrochems. They are touring the celestial map of corporate
cosmology, and FINALLY, their fallen angels have provided us with a telescope for us look up at their stars and see them for what they are. EVIL
If we support them, we will finally get what we want. The Truth.