The Elites Vs Snowden

One of the most peculiar, but overlooked, criticism of Snowden by mainstream ‘pundits’ and ‘experts’ goes something like this:

He is just a guy who did not complete high school or attend university and does not know what he is doing.

OK.. Let us take this criticism at its face value and see the logical consequences of each resultant scenario based on what has occurred to date.

1. Let us assume that not finishing high school or attending university is a marker of below-average intelligence or capability, adjusted for occupation.

So how could such a dumb guy get hired by the CIA, NSA and all those private contractors who worked for them? Snowden had absolutely no trouble finding a sequence of well-paying jobs requiring high-level security clearance. It also seems that his supervisors in every IT job he ever had never said or wrote anything negative about him. Does that not strike you as rather odd if we assume that he was borderline incompetent?

So either he was very competent or the recruitment system at the CIA, NSA and their numerous private contractors is broken. Take your pick..

2. Moving on to the second possibility, namely that he might be good at what he does but does not understand the “larger” implications of his disclosures?

So what exactly are the “larger” implications of his disclosures? What did he leak about anyway? Did he leak a list of people employed by the NSA or CIA? Did he leak the addresses of people employed by these organisations? Did he leak the names of their kids or spouses? Did he leak their credit card numbers? Did he disclose information about targeting the military infrastructure of its “enemies” or “friends”? Did he leak the technical details about the methods used by the NSA?

He simply leaked general internal documents and information about the NSA and its partners in other ‘anglo-saxon’ countries spying on everybody in the world- including their own citizens. He exposed the utter hypocrisy and duplicity of ‘anglo-saxon’ elites towards other countries and even their own citizens.

And let us be clear about one more thing, Snowden was perfectly aware of the very large impact of his revelations. He was also quite aware of the fate of past whistle-blowers and the amount of effort the american system would spend on hunting him down. The very fact that he chose to hide in Hong Kong instead of a European country or mainland China also shows that he understands the constraints and limits of american power far better than the ‘ivy league’ and ‘oxbridge’ types.

And this brings us to what I think is the real reason behind the fury of ‘elites’ at his real-world impact versus his formal educational achievements.

3. Snowden was not “educated” enough to doublethink. He just did not understand thoughtcrime. His education was inadequate for him to successfully crimestop. You get the idea..

Higher education in the USA and many other developed countries is not about improving your mind. It is about whetting people based on their ability to jump useless hoops and demonstrate their loyalty to people who detest, abuse and exploit them. It is about finding people who are spineless, malleable, timid, conformist and yet retain a modicum of intellectual ability. It is about finding marginally clever slaves who are willing to betray each other and work themselves to death to gain the approval of their masters.

So far, it appears that Snowden did not turn out to be that type of slave.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. June 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Yeah, as always, right on. Especially the college brainwash machine.

  2. hans
    June 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Actually education has secretly always been a synonym for brainwashing.

    Our “modern” version is the very reason why we are all in such a deep shit intellectually and morally.
    From the bogus money making scheme of man made climate change (taxing your water is next after they now managed to tax your breathing(-out = CO2)), to the all pervasive fairy tale science pushed by NASA and their textbook repeaters.

  3. June 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I find the criticism of Snowden based on his education bizarre, considering all of the other aspects of the case. It’s very clearly a case of elites feeling superior to those who can’t match them in credentials, regardless of their actual knowledge and intelligence. 40% of the NSA workforce are military enlisted people. They may not have college degrees, but they are extremely intelligent. Far more intelligent than their elite critics.

  4. hoipolloi
    June 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    @AD: “So how could such a dumb guy get hired by the CIA, NSA and all those private contractors who worked for them? Snowden had absolutely no trouble finding a sequence of well-paying jobs requiring high-level security clearance. It also seems that his supervisors in every IT job he ever had never said or wrote anything negative about him. Does that not strike you as rather odd if we assume that he was borderline incompetent?”

    I respectfully add that for a non-ethnic white, it is a cake walk in American job market. Colored minorities in particular, however well qualified or technically competent, are required to prove themselves on a daily basis to keep their job. So I am not surprised at Snowden’s progress in the most sensitive job posts.

    As I was reading this post I meant to say something but when I reached the end I found it already stated by you. I would like to copy it below for emphasis.

    “Higher education in the USA and many other developed countries is not about improving your mind. It is about whetting people based on their ability to jump useless hoops and demonstrate their loyalty to people who detest, abuse and exploit them. It is about finding people who are spineless, malleable, timid, conformist and yet retain a modicum of intellectual ability. It is about finding marginally clever slaves who are willing to betray each other and work themselves to death to gain the approval of their masters.”

    Thanks for putting it so clearly and succinctly.

    • P Ray
      June 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

      His system admin was an idiot.
      Yet again, a case for the idea that management is made up of people skilled in playing politics as they lack the brains to do their job properly.

      On the other hand, since when could people expect privacy … from the government able to bring forth Echelon? Says a lot about general stupidity.

  1. June 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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