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Like most of my friends, and one of my heroes, Dan Ellsberg, I support Julian Assange. I take his speech of some hours back as being totally gracious and appreciative.
Meanwhile, much of the US citizenry applauds themselves for their pragmaticism in accepting how it is so much better to have Obama than Mitt Romney. And so many of our fellow humans are currently supporting the failed Presidency of Obama in their concerted efforts to see conformity and Fascism win out. (Carl Jung commented way back in the late 1950′s that the USA was unfortunately the most conformist society on earth.)
However here are some questions that we need to be asking ourselves. Why is Wikileaks important? (Or is it?) And to answer that question, we need to ask another question: Who is it who controls our media? And just what do we know about societies that have only a controlled media, by which their citizenry is to be guided?
One example of this is all the endless commercials on TV for pharmaceutical pills and vaccines. Over the last five years, it has been established that the public mostly ignores these ads. So why are they in place? Stop and think about how much revenue the TV station receives, from Big Pharma for its products, and then you realize why the major TV stations never mentioned Single Payer Universal Health Care during the long summer of 23009, while the ACA was being debated. Nor will you ever hear of the fatalities that result from vaccines (especially a well documented danger of one vaccine, the Hep vaccine for infants.)
So without the value of a real Mainstream Media, who in our nation can successfully speak out about the need for a real return to the nation’s democratic roots? Who will end the wars? Who will return a real economy that fully employs as many as are willing to get out of bed in the morning. (Hint: Stop letting politicians continue the illegalization of hemp and marijuana.)
The fact that our media is owned lock, stock and barrel by the Big Corporations, is a compelling reason for why we need a New Media. And that is the value of Julian Assange’s Wikileaks. Only by such attempts as his and the other members of Wiki does our nation and others have a shot at having information that they need. We in the know realize fully how the media is no longer an informant for the people on their behalf, and is totally under the sway of the government and its fascist Corporate rulers.
It is significant to me that Daniel Ellsberg is one of Assange’s closest defenders. After all, Ellsberg was the original “Wiki-leaker” But unlike Assange, he had The New York Times and 27 other news media outlets including the Chicago Tribune to help him with his publishing of The Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg remained a free man in large part because these outlets supported him and also they continued his good fight of educating the American public about what was the real political in’s and out’s of the story of our involvement in the war in Vietnam. Now no such news media exists.
The fight for Assange to remain a free man is therefore all the more important. This man must remain free, to continue his work, so that the rest of us may someday see our nation returned to its democratic roots.