Saw recently, who was wanted: So I grabbed my guitar, fingerpicked an old ballad about a man who was hanged (TOM DOOLEY) – to focus on US reality:
… in the contrary: I would give the Nobel Peace Prize to Edward Snowden if I could – if you like to discuss: read my blog at flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/kant-snowden/ – I think: he was changing mankind’s thinking like a Homer or a Mohammed or a Jesus, perhaps like a Martin Luther, an Immanuel Kant or an Albert Einstein …
some of the comments:
1a – Shimon, Jerusalem: “…Unfortunately, when we are faced with ideologically motivated terrorists, who prey on innocent civilians, and function underground, it is very hard to protect society without employing tricks and secrecy…”
1b – frizz reply: I agree. The intelligence service in Israel is very successful – and necessary. But it is not necessary, that the USA installed eavesdropping bugs in the conference rooms of the European partners in Brussels – for example. Secondly the NSA operates with the Prism program actually economic espionage under the pretext of counter-terrorism surveillance.
2 – Tish Farell, South Africa: “…Perhaps what we need to talk about are pathfinders – people who point us in new directions, or make us look at the world more carefully. In this respect at least, Kant and Snowden could both be called pathfinders…”
2b – frizz reply: PATHFINDER is a good term, Tish! Because “thinkers” have always been treated disrespectfully by the cliques of power as well as by the uneducated crowd – rather than honored…”
3a – Peter, USA: “…Snowden does not seem to be contributing much original thought of his own…”
3b – frizz reply: he contributes the (typical philosophical) position, that there is no intelligence without moral. That thinking without respect, moral, personal emotion, integrity, proud identity is sick, a kind of disease.
4a – iceman755, France: Only 5000$ ??
4b – frizz reply: I hope you’ll get not weak and deliver him to Washington!
5a – Dim Lamp = Garth Wehrfritz (read in the comments below too):
“I think what you say Dietmar about thinkers always being treated disrespectfully by those in the seats of power is true especially when it comes to women. They have been oppressed and kept down by patriarchy for centuries – so the women’s liberation movement and liberation and feminist theology were and are a needed corrective…”
5b – frizz reply:
hi Garth, “needed corrective” = a good term! For me Canada is THE “needed corrective” = the land, which gave asylum for US-deserters in the sixties, criticizing the Vietnam war. And the most famous female artist of Canada (for me) is: Buffy Sainte-Marie who created the protest song UNIVERSAL SOLDIER!
Edward … he is not aged 68 like me – but maybe once someone whispered into his ears something about the political movement 1968 (nearly completely forgotten) in the USA …
Actually I’ve published a book via blurb, featuring some of the thoughts, comments, discussions and statements of my daily blog: fragments and feedbacks, June-2013 US $12.10