Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Julian Assange in Rolling Stone

"From the glory days of American radicalism, which was the American Revolution, I think that Madison's view on government is still unequaled, he tells me during the three days I spend with him as he settles into his new location in England. That people determined to be in a democracy, to be their own governments, must have the power that knowledge will bring - because knowledge will always rule ignorance. You can either be informed and your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you. The question is, where has the United States betrayed Madison and Jefferson, betrayed these basic values on how you keep a democracy? I think that the U.S. military-industrial complex and the majority of politicians in Congress have betrayed those values."

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