“If Liberty Means Anything At All, It Means The Right To Tell People What They Do Not Want To Hear.”
“A Taste For Truth At Any Cost Is A Passion Which Spares Nothing.”
“Virtue Cannot Separate Itself From Reality Without Becoming A Principle Of Evil.”
The great British thinker George Orwell wrote, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
These days, however, North America’s media has been doing just the opposite, promoting the current government party line supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I’ve always felt special kinship for free thinkers, rebels, and heretics. That’s why I am drawn to the plight of US Army Private Bradley Manning. Held as “a person of interest” under provisions that are both inapplicable and unsubstantiated while the right attempts to demonize the man at every turn; this is hardly what I call Justice!
The 22-year old US Army intelligence analyst, who was based in Afghanistan, caused a worldwide furor by “allegedly” releasing to the Internet site WikiLeaks secret US military logs that exposed ugly truths about the brutal conflict in Afghanistan, including widespread killing of civilians and corruption.
To Again Quote Orwell, “During Times Of Universal Deceit, Telling The Truth Becomes A Revolutionary Act.”
THE Four Stages Of A Political Movement, As Gandhi Told It, Were: “First They Ignore You, Then They Laugh At You, Then They Fight You, Then You Win.”