Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Who Bought Ireland?

Last week I hit on the play which inspired Mikhail Bulgakov’s literary masterpiece, The Master and Margarita: Leonid Andreyev’s Satan’s Diary. This post is about what these two works of art have to do with the other things I blog about: TOR, the Surveillance State, the history of the CIA and other spying organizations.

When Edward Snowden leaked details about his employer’s dragnet surveillance operation, he wasn’t alerting us to a technology problem. He was alerting us to a political problem. (Poul-Henning Kamp explains that here. Get an editorial/ summary of Kamp’s talk here.)

We, I mean all peoples, are suffering from a political problem. That problem is that we are ruled by folks with a warped set of values– people who don’t understand the Golden Rule. They lack the capacity or desire to love their fellow men. The only thing that binds these warped souls together is their shared belief that they are exceptional and that they don’t have to treat others as they would be treated.  I’ll call them ‘character-deficient’.  (more...)

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