If our government won’t, should we?

Worldview Item of the Day

Our current era of connectedness allows us an unprecedented view into international affairs, one so unprecedented that we often no longer need to trust our government to reach foreign policy conclusions on our behalf. We can evaluate the evidence and reach those conclusions on our own.

The Constitution clearly prohibits individual citizens from taking foreign policy actions on their own, but at what point does the belief by a group of citizens that the government’s foreign policy actions are wrong allow that group of citizens to act? This idea of private foreign policy is one that is growing and will likely come to plague traditional governmental systems with more frequency in the years to come.

Perhaps one of the first signs of this plague is the birth of NedaNet, a transnational hacker union dedicated to supporting the protesters in Iran that anyone can join. Make no mistake that joining such an organization is potentially dangerous and feloniously illegal, but is it wrong?

I have not yet decided for myself which side of this idea I come down on, but it is a phenomenon to watch closely as the events in Iran unfold.


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3 Responses to If our government won’t, should we?

  1. djhitz says:

    The saying, “Money talks, bullcrap walks!” comes to mind. If you are a wealthy, enough, citizen in any nation then foreign policy can be wheedled ever so delicately, over time. I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means but I believe our current, credit crunch and poor economic status has been planted here by the rich one percent of society. Since when do the “rich” regard the Constitution as sacred? Socialistic future is a worldwide problem not just in the United States. The “rich’ have made it too easy for all of us to be taken over by “covenience”. I’ll fight for democracy as soon as the next episode of Dancing With the Stars is over.
    I believe the “rich” have made it so our nations will become weaker in spirit because of the running out of money. This will ultimately lead to us feeding off each other (not necessarily by cannibalism) by scrounging. Our government will turn their back on us and service only the wealthy, pretty much so like they’re doing now. Work ethics and family ties will eventually not mean much after, we have been starved for a time. Even the most, noble pastor might turn animalistic after losing a home, his money and food. Think about it. If you lost your shelter and your food, wouldn’t you tend to turn a little primitive?
    This NedaNet you speak of is just another form of electronic, sabotage designed to confuse the masses. Heck, I can remember when Viet Nam, protesting or being a Black Panther stood for moving towards, peace. Think about that. A militant stand for peace?
    That’s like saying, “Every thing, you say is a lie. You are a liar.” {Yes, I took that from the Star Trek: “I Mudd” episode. I love Gene Rodenberry.}
    It’s also the same theory from the Reagan Era, “Peace through superior firepower.”
    The Iranian Revolution is so much like, the Chinese Revolution. Without solidarity and high financing it just give rise to more powerful socialism. We “real Americans” can appreciate the sacrifice of these individuals.
    Doesn’t Mahmoud look cool in his stylish, white jacket?

  2. djhitz says:

    The significance of this Iranian Revolution is being militaristically quelled. The police state was already formed. I can’t blame the revolutionaries. They don’t want the Ayatollahs running Iran or the Middle East. Hundreds are being killed. Do not think this is a breath of fresh air.

  3. dlhitzeman says:


    I completely agree. As long as the mullahs are in charge, Iran will continue to be what it is: a brutal theocratic regime bent on regional, if not world, domination through threats and fear. The protesters are revealing that reality to the whole world. Unfortunately, not very many people are paying attention.

    I wonder what those people will say when Iran has nukes.


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