Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 15:54:27 MDT 2013


Then again, sometimes it just feels good to vent.  There is convincing
others and then there is stating your opinion and letting the chips fall
where they may.



On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM, keith smith <klsmith2020 at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Several weeks ago it came out that Obama has everyone's census data and
> will be using it in future elections.  This is the short clip.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIA1lQBqH1s
> >
> > I think the census is for districting and number of U.S.Representatives.
> >
> > I do not understand why anyone would want the gov to collect all this
> info.  What do they use it for?
> >
> > Is it safe?  Not at all.  Anyone who thinks otherwise has not been
> paying attention.
>
> Safe for what?  Safe for liberty?  Liberty is not "safe" for liberty,
> by definition.
>
> So what's the key to preserving liberty?  Well, that is a complex
> question and has complex answers, because it is intimately attached to
> people and human behavior.  But I can tell you one thing.  People have
> to want liberty in order to preserve it.  And at times, it can fall
> pretty low on the priority list.  You can quote things until you're
> blue in the face, but people naturally place a high value on safety
> and security *now* over just about anything in the future, and they
> are not entirely wrong in doing so.
>
> How do you convince people to re-prioritize?  Well, I certainly don't
> know.  But I know several ways *not* to do it.  Being "right" is not
> actually very convincing to other human beings, especially when
> demonstrated as part of a pointed argument, or when presented from a
> hostile or unfamiliar ground.  Angry rants are not convincing, unless
> you only want to convince people already sympathetic to your views and
> already angry themselves.  It may make you feel better to get praise
> on your sermon from the choir, and I say this from experience, but
> It's not actually very helpful in promoting your cause.
>
> Take from this what you will, I have to get back to work.
>
>       --Levi
>
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