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As millions of Christians give praise to the man-god they consider to be "the way and the truth and the life", so radicals, who are normally so sniffy about anything that looks or sounds like religion, are bending their collective knee to that "truth teller" Assange.
On AboveTopSecret.com, a cranky conspiracy theory site whose belief system is not a million miles away from WikiLeaks', a contributor wrote: "Just like Jesus of Nazareth, Julian Assange had a mission to reveal the truth. Now, just like Jesus, he faces persecution and/or death on false and trumped-up charges." The idiotic idolisation of Assange reveals a great deal about what passes for liberal-left politics today. It shows that the flipside to profound cynicism is an equally profound naivety. So in one breath Assange-backers indulge in the most bizarre breed of conspiratorial thinking, describing the West, and the US in particular, as a vast coven of wicked and faceless bureaucrats who act as puppeteers controlling politics and even our everyday lives from behind the scenes.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
If this article does not make you feel worried - then nothing ever will.
Brendan O'Neill is a journalist based in London. He is currently the editor of Spiked Online.
He began his career at Spiked's predecessor, LM magazine, the journal of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which ceased publication after ITN won a libel action they brought against the magazine. O'Neill has contributed articles to publications in the United Kingdom and the United States including The Spectator, the New Statesman, The Guardian, BBC News Online, the Christian Science Monitor, The American Conservative, Salon.com, and Rising East. He also blogs at Comment is free, part of the Guardian Unlimited site.
O'Neill has criticised the notion of tackling global warming by solely reducing carbon emissions, and instead advocates technological progress as a method of overcoming any side-effects of climate change. In January 2006, he co-founded the Manifesto Club, an organisation "with the aim of challenging cultural trends that restrain and stifle people’s aspirations and initiative." He is writing a book about terrorism titled From Bosnia to Beslan: How the West Spread al-Qaeda.
The magazine was founded in 2000 after the bankruptcy of its predecessor, LM magazine, a magazine whose point of view has been described by The Guardian as "extreme corporate libertarianism" and by J. G. Ballard as "the most interesting and provocative magazine I have read for many years". LM, an acronym for Living Marxism, closed after losing a libel case brought against it by the broadcasting corporation ITN. The case centered on LM featuring an article by Thomas Deichmann called 'The Picture that Fooled the World' that alleged that the photographer who took the famous ITN picture of Bosnian Muslims behind a barbed-wire fence in a Bosnian Serb-run camp during the Yugoslav war gave the false impression that this was a Nazi-style concentration camp. Deichmann claimed that it was really the photographer who was in a fenced-in area and that it was a transit camp.
ITN won and the ensuing award and costs, estimated to be around £1 million, bankrupted LM and its publishers.
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