Does the recent revelations by Edward Snowden that the American government is collecting vast amounts of private data on citizens in order to protect us make you feel any more secure?
Instead of treating him as a traitor we should be thanking him for his patriotism and having the courage to stand up and speak the truth.
It reminds me of the words of George Orwell: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.”
I hope he finds a decent place to go for his exile.
Some other quotes from Orwell worth thinking about.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.