“The PEOPLE'S UPRISING. Cultural inertia means it takes time to make major policy changes, but persistence and determination in the name of FREEDOM, when there's no legitimate reason to limit the freedom, eventually, incrementally, wins. Let this be a lesson to the cynics.”
CowboyBorat on May 30, 2014 at 09:52:30
“Steve - I wish the concept of "freedom" were the driving force behind this change, but I suspect it's all about the money. I'm pleased with the direction the debate has taken, but the rationale of more money increases my cynicism instead of being a "lesson" against it. We are not free in the "land of the free", but we ARE guided by the exploitation of monied interests.”
“Frankly, I don't know enough about Russia to say whether your assumption is valid or not. But it's pretty clear that you made that assumption as a short cut to avoid taking a rational position on Snowden.”
“I don't think you can support your assumption about Russia. Your statement reflects the general perception of Americans ABOUT Russia, maybe. But how do you know it's a realistic understanding/viewpoint?”
“Isn't that what you did in responding to another one of my comments this evening? That's called projecting, my friend.
In this case, there is a plethora of material, starting with No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald. And he has reported on this situation extensively in the Guardian. You can also find Greenwald's website, The Intercept. at firstlook.org/theintercept .
There, I explained it for you. Now it's your turn. Explain your silly claim about Snowden being in Russia.”
“That view is myopic and appears to be based on lack of awareness of history.
American history suggests that when the people realize they've been oppressed by the plutocracy, they rise up. History long before the dawn of our nation when it was new has endless incidents recorded where it happened.
Enjoy your pessimism, if that's what you prefer, but you're going to be surprised one day in the not too distant future.”