I find the degree of hostility from our journalistic class (largely but not just cable news) to Edward Snowden to be fascinating.
Right on cue, Bobo unleashes a classic, six consecutive paragraphs starting with “He betrayed”. There’sa good Bobo title, too, “The Solitary Leaker” (by I. P. Daily). Bobo writes of:
the distinct strands of libertarianism that are blossoming in this fragmenting age: the deep suspicion of authority, the strong belief that hierarchies and organizations are suspect, the fervent devotion to transparency, the assumption that individual preference should be supreme.
Bobo’s argument that people should always to authority are: (a) you’ll be happier if you do and (b) bitch better recognize.
He’s right that confidence in authorities, institutions, and elites is rapidly eroding. Maybe part of the reason is that no one is making convincing arguments that anyone should have confidence in them.