p2pnet view P2P:- They just don’t get it. The good old days are over. The days when the Great Unwashed could be pushed around like so many mindless zombies, doing what they were told whenever they were told to do it.
What are all these ‘secrets’ uncovered via the Julian Assange farce — because that’s what it is? And who’s keeping them? And why were we kept in the dark over their contents?
The people we elected to represent us were supposed to represent us, not themselves.
Are they afraid we’ll fire them if we find out what they’ve really been up to — lying to each other, lying to us, cheating, stealing, bribing, corrupting, making promises they know they can’t keep?
And all supposedly on our behalf.
It’s being repeatedly stressed that most of the ‘revelations’ in Assange’s latest leaks aren’t revelations at all. Thanks to the net, anyone could have turned up most of them —- if they could have been bothered.
These documents were supposed to be eyes only. But whose eyes? And for what reason? What dire consequences, precisely, do the powers that used to be imagine would’ve happened if we were let in on all these ‘secrets’ which shouldn’t have been secrets at all?
By one means of another, we now have access to all kinds of material that’s been kept from us all these years. And that means the old days and ways when we could be treated like mushrooms — kept in the dark and fed on shit — are gone.
The Julian Assange scandal doesn’t exist alone. It’s part of a new paradigm.
Operation Payback — more power to the people who are running it, way more power — is another element.
Real power is the power to choose, not the power to control.
And for the first time in history, people aren’t only making more and more choices, they’re making their choices stick.
All Julian Assange did was show us stuff which should never have been kept from us in the first place.
All Operation Payback is doing is showing the people who depend on us that they DO depend on us, wholly, and they’d better get that straight.
Freedom of speech isn’t a privilege. It’s a right. And that includes having free access to everything which involves us, concerns us and affects us.
But in 2010, its time has come and, it’s been worth the wait.
Now, thanks to the freedoms the net gives us, we can do something.
And we’re doing it.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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