The Guardian is certainly staying on top of most things these days, and as far as I'm concerned, that's fine. Even though this interview segment with Young Snowden was recorded whenever it was that Snowden was in Hong Kong and will no doubt form part of Laura Poitras's next award-winning feature film on Whistle-Blowers, it might give us a little more insight into what's driving him.
At one point, he asserted that the government was subverting its corporate partners. And I thought that was an intriguing and possibly illuminating locution.
The government is subverting corporations.
Think about that for a minute.
In SnowdenWorld, the corporate partners in the National/International Surveillance State are somehow being subverted into cooperating with the All-Powerful Government when in fact, the corps are the ones designing and building the surveillance infrastructure, implementing the surveillance and analyzing the data. They've been doing it for decades. It's obvious symbiosis, hardly "subversion," but that's the term Young Snowden uses -- and it raises all kinds of red flags about him and the team he's playing for.
If he truly believes the corporate partners in the Surveillance State are innocents somehow subverted by the government into serving the interests of perfidy, whereas left to their own devices they would never-ever do such a thing, gasp, perish the thought, then Dude has lifted his own mask to reveal what I call a Corporate Libertarian which Greenwald showed himself to be quite some time ago, and which we might be learning the Guardian is as well.
A Corporate Libertarian inverts the whole notion of government, and like the Kochs, uses Stalinist propaganda tactics to reverse notions of power and authority, by asserting that the government -- which we've known for years is being run by and on behalf of corporate interests -- is somehow controlling the very corporations which own the government, and the only answer is to eliminate the power of government over corporations. To Liberate them. Once. And. For. All.
Of course, this runs absolutely contrary to the Public Interest, but the Public Interest is not even recognized by Corporate Libertarians. The only interest that matters is that of the corporations -- that already control and own the government.
Snowden may be some kind of naif in all of this, but I don't think he is. I know Greenwald isn't. He has been a factional player on behalf of certain kinds of corporate interests, and the liberation of those interests since he first emerged in the so-called Lefty Blogosphere.
From what's in the second Snowden interview segment at the Guardian, combined with his violently authoritarian and anti-public interest chat logs at Ars Technica, it looks like he's playing for the same team Greenwald is.
And half the world is falling for it.
Looks like a major power play is under way in which Our Corporate Rulers are intent on making the public -- or at least some significant part of it -- willingly submit to their loving grace.
All righty then...
If you haven't seen this Adam Curtis series on our benevolent machines, by all means, check it out. And then go back and watch the Bernays series.
And then perhaps review my series on the Kochs
I really hate this shit.