For some time now, the pragmatic Left has been warning that Wikileaks, its Founder Julian Assange, and their cohorts in The Guardian (think Glenn Greenwald) are nothing more than right wing libertarian moles trying to fool the Left in America, just as Ed Snowden did. That truth came into some stark relief yesterday:
The strong turn of Julian Assange and Wikileaks toward partisan electoral politics continued this weekend, as Assange told an online audience that he’s “a big admirer of Ron Paul and Rand Paul for their very principled positions in the U.S. Congress on a number of issues” and insisted that the libertarian wing the Republican Party represented the “only hope” for reform in American politics.But but but, you say. It's not like Assange was celebrating the entire political ideology of the Pauls; he was merely speaking approvingly of Rand Paul's crusade against domestic surveillance programs of the NSA. Well, beyond completely ignoring the fact that nothing is being done by the government that is illegal, abusive or unchecked, the idea that Assange is merely advancing the libertarians' anti-surveillance agenda is devastatingly incorrect. In Assange's own words:
“The position of the Libertarian Republican, or a better description Right, coming from a principle of non-violence which is the American Libertarian tradition. That produces interesting results.Isn't that great? The Professional Left's Great White Hope and worshiped hero is not only avoiding extradition on sexual assault charges (because for some reason, it is appropriate to be outraged over sexual assaults in the military - and it is - and at the same time rank-canonize a man who is accused of sexual assualt of multiple women), but also takes extreme anti-tax positions and believes that abortion is "violence."
“So, non-violence: well, don’t go and invade a foreign country. Non-violence: don’t force people at the barrel of a gun to serve in the U.S. Army. Non-violence: doesn’t extort taxes from people to the federal Government with a policeman. Similarly, other aspects of non-violence in relation to abortion that they hold.”
That, of course, isn't all. The Wikileaks Party in Australia put down their preferences for far right wing fascist candidates for office, as well as "mens-righters" and gun-touters. Well, let me qualify that. Their party indicated those preferences, of course, until they got caught.
But that is the bottom line of libertarianism. At the core of it, there is the essential belief that government is evil, that it must therefore be stripped of powers, and that in order to do so, it must be robbed of resources. There is no separating the anti-government sentiment when it comes to intelligence operations from the opposition to government power to protect minority and women's rights, or its power to collect taxes to invest the common good. The libertarian philosophy is one that explicitly rejects the idea that government can and should play a role in the common good.
In fact, it is from this rejection of the common good that their opposition to legitimate intelligence operations comes from. There is no inkling to check whether the intelligence operations are needed, proper, or legal, because the simple fact that the government is conducting it at all makes it evil.
And this is to say nothing of the fact that the objects of Assange's admiration, Rand and Ron Paul, are nothing short of modern day KKK when it comes to their palpable racism. Ron Paul's newsletter in 1992 claimed that "we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in [Washington, DC] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal." This and other racist newsletters of Ron Paul are legendary.
Rand Paul continues to defend a racist who is on his Congressional payroll to this day, and that is hardly distinctive among the ample evidence of Rand Paul's ties with racists. Not only does Rand Paul have ties with racists, he is one. He is someone who has openly opposed the portion of the Civil Rights Act that bars public businesses from discriminating on the base of race or nationality.
At this point, the question can no longer be whether or not Julian Assange or Wikileaks or Glenn Greenwald or The Guardian have any credibility left. They obviously do not. The question is, for how much longer will the ideological faction of the Left continue to be fooled by patently obvious Right Wing trolls like Assange and Greenwald? How long will the American Left continue to be the willing accomplices in the far Right, racist, anti-woman, anti-American shills like Assange? For how long will the screaming ideological Left prostitute itself for the pimping of the likes of Assange and Huffington and Greenwald?
Let me be clear: if all the self-proclaimed representatives of the loud Left in this country are going to be good for is to continue to be Assange and Greenwald's bitch (yeah, this language is warranted), then frankly, their usefulness in America is at an end. We do not need more mouthpieces for far-Right, racist, mysogynistic, anti-government propaganda masquerading as liberals. If that's what you want to do, go join the Republican party, or for that matter, go join the Libertarians.
But do us all a big favor and stop pretending that you have even a shed of progressivism in you if you plan on continuing to be prostituted by the likes of Julian Assange. Do us all a favor and stop telling people how pro-woman you are while you extol the virtues of an anti-abortion fugitive wanted for sexual assault. Do us all a favor and stop pretending that you support taxing the rich if you want to continue to get on your knees and worship anti-tax extremists like Assange. Do us all a favor and show yourself the door. If you are an ideological libertarian, you have no place in the progressive movement.