Friday, December 17, 2010

Ascension of Assange?

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Is Julian Assange Europe’s Nelson Mandela? … Christopher King urges everyone who cares about justice and the truth to stand by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with donations to help him defend himself against politically-motivated, vexatious prosecution by criminal governments and their lickspittles anxious to hide their dirty secrets. ”Remember that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned as a terrorist by a criminal government. South Africa was changed by citizen action. Keeping your head down is not an option. Send a donation for Julian Assange right now, feel good about yourself and tell your children and grandchildren that you were in the resistance against organized government crime.” (Christopher King). – Redress Information and Analysis

Dominant Social Theme: He is nothing and everything. He is Alpha and Omega. He is yin and yang. Fallen and damned. God and Godhead.

Free-Market Analysis: Here at the Daily Bell we analyze the dominant social themes of the elite and it’s hard, dangerous, dirty work. It’s not something amateurs want to do on a lark. There are paper cuts involved, blurry vision and even late nights. But sometimes our preoccupations are rewarded by special events such as the constantly growing presence of Julian Assange. Elite memes are usually bigger than individual people, but this is guy is a walking, talking meme by his lonesome. We’ve never seen anything like it.


Some statistics: Check Google cites for Assange and you’ll come up with something in the area of 40 million. Check Wikileaks and you’ll come up with an astonishing 140 million – right up there with Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. Assange hasn’t merely gone global, he’s one of the very biggest names in the world. There were 9,000 articles on him and his situation according to Google yesterday, a huge amount.

There’s more. Assange was just named the Rolling Stone person of the year – this after narrowly losing out (apparently) as Time magazine’s person of the year. He’s been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine and there are over 14 million images of him online at Google (versus some 40 million for Lady Gaga). He was just released yesterday into the custody of Captain Vaughan Smith, a former British Army officer and journalist and founder of the anti-establishment Frontline Club. He is beginning to make journalistic hearts palpitate. The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson writes of him, “Watching [his release], one feels the tug of the need to be cautious about the lure of the leader figure, and remember that WikiLeaks and Assange are not exactly the same thing …”

We have our suspicions when it comes to Assange, but they are feeble when compared to some of the Bell’s more fervent and “patriotic” readers. In the past we have published rants from one reader in particular who has strong feelings on certain subjects. We have published them as much from a cautionary perspective as an informational one; and this will prove no exception. He goes way too far, just as he has in the past. Some excerpts from an email as follows and then our comments:

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