Well this is good news for pretty much everyone. Everyone who believes in fundamental human dignity anyway.
More work (much work) to be done though.
I think that Rand Paul is cracking a code which doesn’t really need cracking for small government folks outside of Washington DC. People are sick of the neoconservatives (who are not conservatives at all by the way – conservatives are not for waging war all over the planet in that name of some American ideal) and they are sick of supposedly small government Republicans spending as much or more than their big government Democratic brethren.
As we have said before we believe that the libertarian movement is the most important movement in American politics right now, perhaps for more than a generation. It is also arguably the most important movement in world politics.
When I saw the headline I had to look again. But sure enough, the Republican National Committee, the official GOP, has not only come out against NSA spying, which frankly is a bit of a shock, but has used the word “unconstitutional.”
That is a very powerful word coming directly from the party.
As we’ve said, the technology sector is in some real trouble because of its partnership (in many instances) with the NSA.
Tech is probably the most important industry in the USA. And we export a lot of technology. However, overseas customers (and domestic ones too) are having second thoughts about buying from companies which have worked closely with US spy agencies. Orders are dropping around the world.
Now a new front may be opening for Silicon Valley, a legal one.
In the attached interview Glenn Greenwald (the former Guardian reporter who has worked closely with Edward Snowden) speaks about the danger of a surveillance state, and the complicity of the #oldmedia. Where the press once was at least somewhat adversarial it has become a lapdog. In many ways it is mere propaganda for the crony capitalist state.
Are corporations partnering with government going to kill the freedom and liberty we have all enjoyed on the Internet for years? Will CISPA and similar laws skew power toward the state, turning the wild and free net into a locked down digital commons. A prison yard even?
Time to call our Senators and Congresspeople again. How come the only thing members of Congress can come together on is controlling the web habits and information sharing of everyday citizens? What are they afraid of?
We’ve written that the “Affordable Healthcare Act” was likely to be Obama’s Iraq. That is, a policy which was generally not supported by the American people but forced upon them, and then sold (sort of) with half truths. Like Iraq’s troubles were for Bush, the horrible Obamacare rollout probably heralds the beginning of Obama’s lame duck status.