The Limp Justifications for Shooting Edward Snowden In the Face Just Keep on Coming
Bill Quick

No, Edward Snowden Doesn’t Deserve The Nobel Peace Prize – Forbes

Peaceful global stability won’t come courtesy of the freer but less predictable world Snowden has helped make possible. It would be much more likely to emerge from seamless, placid collection of all the world’s communications data by an unchallenged and ubiquitous United States Government.

Partisans of liberty often understand that peace is often of higher value than stability. Indeed, they know that, in times past and future, advancing the cause of liberty sometimes requires putting freedom above both. What’s more, they are no strangers to the unfortunate fact that occasionally some of the most important gains in freedom require that some laws are broken.

Even if one takes increased political freedom to be good, anywhere and always, criminal activity that increases freedom does not itself magically become good — certainly not worthy of a prize. Or a peace prize. Or the most prestigious peace prize in the world.

Get that?

This totalitarian tool assures us that “peace…is likely to emerge from seamless, placid collection of all the world’s communications data by an unchallenged and ubiquitous United States Government.”

And this:

Even if one takes increased political freedom to be good, anywhere and always, criminal activity that increases freedom does not itself magically become good — certainly not worthy of a prize. 

So the unconstitutional crimes of the Ubiquitous Surveillance State will guarantee world peace, but the “crimes” of Edward Snowden, even though they increase freedom, do not magically become good.

Because, you see, it all depends on the meaning of peace.  And good.  And freedom.  And liberty.

Some people who call themselves libertarians actually swallow rank horseshit like this, and beg for more.

They should be ashamed of themselves.  And they should especially shrink from condemning totalitarian folk singers like Pete Seeger, while praising out of the other side of their mouths the  totalitarian criminal acts by the likes of the NSA and the rest of the ubiquitously, illegally intrusive alphabet agencies.

And one just has to ask:  Is ranking “peaceful global stability” as the highest value really a libertarian thing?

 

 

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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