So, I have not said much about Wikileaks because it is as discussed a topic as can be, but I’m feeling curmudgeonly, so here goes. Regular programming will resume after this rant.
Dogs gotta howl, cats gotta kill small things, and states gotta act like secretive bastards. And woe betide anyone who uncovers their secrets. Used to be that the press did this, but ever since they were all bought by the superrich, who also bought governments, the press doesn’t do much of anything any more. Mostly, the press talks about celebrity. When I were a lad, nobody talked about celebrities. Like hell they didn’t.
Anyway, I am a bit taken aback at the ferocity of the attack on Assange and Wikileaks, while at the same time not at all surprised that an attack occurred. Nor am I surprised that the same critics who call for Assange to be killed, abducted, imprisoned (when he hasn’t committed any crime, especially not in the jurisdiction of the United States), and generally harassed (leaving aside suspicions about the sexual assault charges being a pretext for extradition to the US) have nothing to say about the media doing effectively the same thing. Nobody is seeking the owners of the New York Times (which is in the US jurisdiction) or The Guardian (which isn’t) for prosecution under the Espionage Act.
I’m not even surprised that my own Prime Minister prejudged the case by calling one of her own citizens, who hasn’t been charged with a crime regarding the leaks, and to whom she owe by law protection and assistance, a criminal and a terrorist. The Obama administration is merely acting like all American administrations, as shills for the military, and Australian governments act as shills for America. If you don’t know this by now, I suspect all you have been watching is the panem et circensis of X-Factor or Strictly Come Dancing. Which is, after all, what they are for.
No, the real lesson is the extent to which the professional political classes of the west are statists. They have no concern for their citizenry. They have no concern for their economies or even for the corporations or big labor organisations they nominally represent. They only care that they are in power, or might get into power, and so the state is what they care about, so they can have that power.
So they, the statists, call Wikileaks “anarchism”, “terrorism”, “criminal” and “dangerous”, even though none of these things are true. One shouldn’t be surprised that American politicians and pundits cannot use English terms correctly, since they call extreme conservatism “liberalism” and fascism “conservatism”, let alone what they do to terms like “law”, “rights” and “justice”. Or “democracy”. But I am slightly shocked, as the last vestiges of my naivety and idealism is burned away, that Australian and British and German politicians would call the free dissemination of information that is clearly in the public interest an act of terrorism. With that kind of Newspeak, I expect that freely voting for representatives in parliaments will become “insurrection” very soon.
The first book I ever read was 1984. I am horrified that it turned out to be a documentary of the future of democratic liberalism. We are not in a democracy any more. We are in a statist oligarchy. Enjoy…