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December 06, 2010

Wittingly

With one important caveat (outlined above), I agree with Theodore Dalrymple's analysis of the WikiLeaks contretemps.

...WikiLeaks goes far beyond the need to expose wrongdoing, or supposed wrongdoing: it is unwittingly doing the work of totalitarianism.

The idea behind WikiLeaks is that life should be an open book, that everything that is said and done should be immediately revealed to everybody, that there should be no secret agreements, deeds, or conversations. In the fanatically puritanical view of WikiLeaks, no one and no organization should have anything to hide. It is scarcely worth arguing against such a childish view of life.

Childish isn't the half of it. It is no accident WikiLeaks' greatest supporters are half-wits, wreckers and counter-revolutionaries. They are not only dancing while Rome burns; they lit the fires.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 6, 2010 06:52 AM