Is Edward Snowden A Statist?
Do you follow Edward Snowden on Twitter? I do. I even did a video review of the Snowden movie on my YouTube channel. If you’re like me, you likely believe Snowden to be a hero, of sorts. Without the revelations and leaks from Snowden, the world might never have found out about the massive scope of the NSA spying program, or found out about it at all, really. Liberty minded people of all stripes and types owe a great deal of gratitude to the actions and sacrifices of the Edward Snowden’s of the world. That all said…
Does Snowden’s Twitter account seem a bit…off? I’ve reposted a number of Snowden’s posts in the last year that seem to indicate that Snowden is a statist. A major one. And while being a millennial statist is no surprising thing, what is surprising is the fact that someone of Snowden’s inside knowledge of how government works (and not just America's – his leaks revealed similar things about a whole multitude of the world’s governments), and how it damages and hinders the liberty (and safety) of its citizens would openly back the very kinds of statists that want to grow government larger and ever more dangerous. I’ve yet to see tweets from Snowden that were critical of Bernie Sanders (the quintessential statist), Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama. In fact, aside from attacks on Obama’s seeming disdain for whistle-blowers during Obama's presidency, Snowden has been quite chummy with the leftist branch of statists. Not that the right branch of statism is any better, mind you. But it just seems odd that the hero that almost single-handedly revealed the far-reaching extent of government spying capabilities, and brought these and other atrocities to the forefront of political discussion so successfully and so completely would align himself with people representing the very philosophy that encouraged, fostered, and created those things in the first place. Does that seem odd to anybody else, or am I the only one?
I remember talking with a fellow twitter user a couple of years ago on my personal account about Snowden, and this lady was very skeptical of him, and his intentions. In fact, she actually believed Snowden was a plant, an “agent provocateur,” and somebody not to be trusted. I’m not convinced of that myself, but his behavior during the latter parts of the Obama presidency, during the election, and even now with these protests going on, definitely lead me to believe Snowden is not even a libertarian, but may actually be quite the statist, despite his criticism of governmental spying and espionage against innocent people. And if that is true, it is quite sad.
What are your thoughts? Are you having doubts about Edward Snowden? To what extent? If not, should we be worried? Let’s talk about it below, and on Twitter. See you there!