Julian Assange for all intents and purposes is/was a political prisoner. We aren’t supposed to have those in the West. We are supposed to value free speech. We are supposed to tolerate those who stray from the mainstream. We are SUPPOSED to be free. But we have witnessed a disturbing trend of late in this country and in Europe, the outright oppression and silencing (one way or another) of those who merely highlight injustice and incompetence.
They did that in the Soviet Union. It’s not supposed to happen in France, or the UK, or here. But now it does. And that is a shameful development.
As I wrote in my column two weeks ago, the overarching trend is the gradual destruction or delegitimization of every tool, digital or otherwise, that non-elites use to express their preferences. Does that sound like a free society, or a controlled one?