Julian Assange is an assassin doing the work of totalitarian dictators, says Theodore Dalrymple. At the same time, William McGowan's new book on the New York Times, Gray Lady Down, is not being reviewed by the Stalinist editors of the corrupt flagship of the lamestream media for the obvious reason that the NYT wishes to suppress dissemination of its own nefarious and totalitarian tendencies. Dalrymple says:
The idea behind WikiLeaks is that life should be an open book, that everything that is said and done should be immediately revealed to everybody, that there should be no secret agreements, deeds, or conversations. In the fanatically puritanical view of WikiLeaks, no one and no organization should have anything to hide. It is scarcely worth arguing against such a childish view of life.
TD goes on to gut the pretensions of this witless preening exhibitionist:
The actual effect of WikiLeaks is likely to be profound and precisely the opposite of what it supposedly sets out to achieve. Far from making for a more open world, it could make for a much more closed one. Secrecy, or rather the possibility of secrecy, is not the enemy but the precondition of frankness. WikiLeaks will sow distrust and fear, indeed paranoia; people will be increasingly unwilling to express themselves openly in case what they say is taken down by their interlocutor and used in evidence against them, not necessarily by the interlocutor himself. This could happen not in the official sphere alone, but also in the private sphere, which it works to destroy. An Iron Curtain could descend, not just on Eastern Europe, but over the whole world. A reign of assumed virtue would be imposed, in which people would say only what they do not think and think only what they do not say.
The safety of individuals named in the self-declassified papers that WikiLeaks sent to the world at large is the single most important problem, but the larger problem is the destruction of the integrity of private communications meant to convey information that in itself is too revealing to be understood by the arrogant self-appointed elites in the NYT media [unless, of course, it concerns climate change, which the NYT keeps classified in the ClimateGate case] who put the revelations out into the open devoid of context:
The dissolution of the distinction between the private and public spheres was one of the great aims of totalitarianism. Opening and reading other people’s e-mails is not different in principle from opening and reading other people’s letters. In effect, WikiLeaks has assumed the role of censor to the world, a role that requires an astonishing moral grandiosity and arrogance to have assumed. Even if some evils are exposed by it, or some necessary truths aired, the end does not justify the means.
Famously, a traitor in Hollywood named Clifford Odets bragged that he had undermined the plans to produce and shoot a cinematic version of Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler's famous demasking of the Stalinist terror apparatus written at the height of the vicious purges so vividly portrayed in his book, for which he is still reviled by Communists at The Nation like Victor Navasky and Katrina van den Duyvel.
The New York Times refuses to review Gray Lady Down, the scathing book by William McGowan revealing its own dedication to falsifying the news from around the world in order to squeeze the square news pegs into the round NYT holes---by printing WikiLeaks and not printing ClimateGate leaks, to mention one appropriate example. The WikiLeaks fits right into the phony NYT paradigm which publishes The Pentagon Papers stolen by catamite and child molester Daniel Ellsberg, yet refuses to print the hacked e-mails from the notorious East Anglia climate falsification squad which singlehandedly destroyed the Anthropogenic Global Warming hoax which is ending at Cancun or facing an uncertain future. Gray Lady Down is another catalogue in the Decline of the West that Spengler futuristically chronicled 100 years ago.
Dalrymple implies that the future will now probably lie in the hands of totalitarian wastelands like the PRC or corrupt travesties like Russia, where true freedom of the press and democracy are suppressed, largely by the deliberate abuse of freedom of the press by the New York Times and its sister publications across the so-called democratic West.