Thursday, December 23, 2010

Julian Assange x Atlas Shrugged

I cant help but notice the similarities between the opinions of Julian Assange and characters in Ayn Rands book, Atlas Shrugged. For a while I was sitting on the fence, wondering if such extreme disclosure would be detrimental, or beneficial to society in the long run. It is now apparent that the American government and the mass media assumes that most people are idiots. The technological revolution has allowed common people to educate themselves using the internet and to access information that would otherwise have been unattainable to them.

I simply do not understand why information that has been obtained by journalists at Wikileaks should be subdued? The people who do not want it to come out surely have the most to loose. Obama has been a strong advocate of political reform, and this transparency is what may finally bring it about. Most politicians are thieving scumbags with very little respect for the people or flags they serve. It may take a revolution to create a solution, and I for one am ready to see the sparks fly.

Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it.

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.

Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good.

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