Saturday, November 1, 2014
The "little guy" pipes up
Every so often an individual is willing to step forward to challenge the political and government "untouchables." The latest is Kaci Hickox, the ebola-fighting and politician-fighting nurse. She is convinced that common sense beats hysteria. According to the polls, the rest of us aren't so sure. I say "three cheers for her articulate effort."
And, she scored a slight victory by depending on the law to sort things out.
Edward Snowdon is convinced that we can, and should, depend on the law as the U.S. fights "terrorism." Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen Cohen of The Nation magazine went to Russia and conducted a wide-ranging conversation with the most famous American in Moscow.
The Edward Snowdons of history usually get crushed. We have yet to know what will happen to him. Snowdon says: "The atomic bomb was the moral moment for physicists. Mass surveillance is the same moment for computer scientists . . . Being confronted with the realization that work you intended to benefit people is being used against them has a radicalizing effect."
God may not play dice with the universe, but some scientists apparently think they do.