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.