Rapidly Creeping Authoritarianism: The depravity of the powerful can only operate behind veils of secrecy

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"Assange started a leak publishing outlet on the premise that corrupt power can be fought with the light of truth. Corrupt power responded by smearing, torturing and imprisoning him, thereby proving his thesis unassailably correct. The depravity of the powerful can only operate behind veils of secrecy, because if it happened out in the open our greatly outnumbered rulers would risk finding themselves on the wrong end of a guillotine blade. Assange sought to hold power in check by reducing the amount of hiding space it has for its malfeasance, which is why he is currently behind bars.
If we had transparency for the powerful as we ought, there wouldn’t be any wild theorizing about what they’re up to behind the walls of secrecy. Indeed, the various agendas that are doubtless being schemed toward by oligarchs and unaccountable government agencies wouldn’t even exist, because people only plot such evils when they are out of the public eye. Whatever’s going on with this virus would be clear as day, and the fact that people are paranoid and distrustful of authority figures about the matter is solely the fault of those authority figures’ refusal to have transparency and accountability.
The more secrecy the powerful are able to obtain, the more wars they start, the more exploitation, oppression and thievery they can get away with, the more power they can steal from the people and shift to themselves. Which is precisely why they are going after a journalist who made it his vocation to deprive them of secrecy."
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 1 week, 2 days ago
    Yeah, it's very interesting to me to see all the public hand-wringing over this arriving COVID vaccine - as one example. People have seen enough with their own eyes to no longer blindly trust. Which, of course, is why there's pushback. At some point, most people see enough with their own eyes to say, "Wait a minute...What I'm seeing isn't jiving with the official narrative I'm being fed." It's very possible that it's too late for the establishment on this one. The worm might have turned. The fact that the vaccine has been politicized (Trump wants it, therefore the dems don't) makes it even more entertaining to me...as a man of science.

    I've been behind the curtain. I've also seen, up close, what happens to whistle blowers. I might be right that once the bullcrap mountain gets so big people won't be able to deny its existence. In the example I mention, unfortunately, the mountain is all the classrooms full of kids with severe neurological disabilities. Talk about a sickening price.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 1 week, 2 days ago
    Couldn't agree more. Only things fundamental to our ability to defend ourselves should be secret from our enemies.

    Every report, e-mail, action and piece of data from any other government function should be available, starting with every single office's budget, payroll and function.
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  • Posted by Industrialist 1 week, 3 days ago
    It amazes me that Assange hasn't fell victim to the false plague or Russian tea service by now.
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    • Posted by $ Commander 1 week, 2 days ago
      Hmmmm....how do we know Assange is not a computer generated facsimile?
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      • Posted by Industrialist 1 week, 2 days ago
        Technically, we have zero proof of life, aside from attorneys that may or may not be agents of the state. d’Anconia would have made a great lead attorney in his cases.

        Imagine if you will, if only for a moment...

        “So you think that theft of information is the root of his evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of truth? Information is the material shape of the principle that civilized men who wish to deal with one another must deal by truth, less we become brutes.”
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        • Posted by $ Commander 1 week, 2 days ago
          As a fellow industrialist, a manufacturing business owner of more than 30 years in tangible products, and services associated, and one whom just told his customers based in the global 100 to go pound sand, and as one whom had to file an intellectual property lawsuit on a former customer in 2012.....the root of evil is that we have allowed organizations of any type to be accorded equal position with that of Life.

          And this is where my Ragnar starts to rise.

          When information becomes part of the ambiguous they, them, those, society, government, side,...as far as I'm concerned it is fair game. In a nutshell....not to get too opinionated.

          Nice to meet you!
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  • Posted by $ Commander 1 week, 2 days ago
    I don't think we will ever have true transparency from or of the powerful.....they are a Culture. Always changing and adapting as the rest of us.
    I do think that an interpretive body, somewhat, yet more definitive than that which is found in The Declaration of Independence, may be incorporated into preamble for The US Constitution so to buffer the ambiguity of legal vs moral; Corporatist vs Capitalist. And that The Constitution (Of) be returned to The Constitution (For) the United States.
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