It’s time to pardon Edward Snowden

A few months ago I wrote an opinion piece for Infosecurity Magazine arguing that Edward Snowden must be pardoned and allowed to return back to the US if he so chooses. I wrote the piece in response to a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that found the phone surveillance the US was conducting was in fact illegal and proved that Snowden was not a traitor for exposing them.

In the piece I wrote:

Yet in depth evaluation by the Ninth Circuit proves that Snowden is clearly not a traitor, and this court ruling shows he did not commit treason. He released these documents because he cares about the privacy rights promised to U.S. citizens and wants to protect those rights. He did not release info to the public or to any foreign country. He also did not make public any information that could cause harm to the American people, and the journalists who were entrusted with such documents made sure of it.

I believe now is such an important time to bring Snowden home. Sadly, most Republicans and Democrats still believe he is a traitor and to Snowden’s fear, if he returns without a pardon, he won’t receive a fair and open trial.

You can read the op-ed here.

An anarchist’s response to Louis Proyect’s anti-riot Marxism

Photo of protesters at an Oakland BLM protest

Photo Credit: Daniel Arauz, Creative Commons 2.0

For Marxist Louis Proyect, the history of rioting and looting are not worth researching before the 1960s, and moreover, it’s not worth reading a book, which discusses the very history of looting, In Defense of Looting, before commenting on and condemning the author and contents of said book.

Proyect begins his amateur attack on looting by citing the Marxist Internet Archive, claiming none are favorable towards rioting or looting before the 1960s, and the few post, were “hardly celebratory.” I am not sure if he’s ever heard of confirmation bias, but he took his readers through a masterclass in understanding how it works.

However, Proyect’s first relies on a single article by Chris Harman titled “The Summer of 1981: a post-riot analysis” in which Harman argues that riots are merely temporary flare ups and that:

“Once the police have retaken control of the locality, the crowds that provided people with a feeling of collective power are dispersed. People are driven back into the isolated homes, the segmented experiences, from which the riot drew them. Within days collective exhilaration, the festival of the oppressed, has been replaced by the old atomisation, powerlessness, apathy. The riot always rises like a rocket – and drops like a stick.”

Had Proyect bothered to read Vicky Osterweil’s book, he’d have been met with more serious writers who actually covered such riots and the fact that the “collective exhilaration” often lasted months, and carried with it continued actions around the country. [Read more…]

Welcome to Danthropology!

A group of anarchists marching carrying red and black flags

Welcome to the return of the Danthropology blog. I started this blog in 2014 on the Patheos network where it ran until March of 2017. That blog saw my journey through battling Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter, to my coming in and out of new atheism and uncovering what it was about the movement that made me abandon the blog when I did. Until about 2018 I ran a podcast by the same name, but time constraints drew that to a close and the Danthropology name has sat dormant.

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