Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 17:47 UTC

The giants of the tech industry are uniting to wage a campaign for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and AOL are setting aside their business rivalries to demand that Congress and President Obama scale back the government's voracious surveillance.

These companies had little to no qualms about teaming up with the US government back when it was all done in relative secrecy, but now that it's out in the open, they're acting like heroes. This campaign would never have been launched if Snowden hadn't blown the whistle, which means the motive behind this new campaign is money - not morality.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by ricegf on Tue 10th Dec 2013 01:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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Libertarians who align generally participate in the Republican party, since the R's favor slightly less government than the D's overall.

Greens generally align with the D's, since the D's are a more natural fit for more aggressive government regulation of corporations necessary to enforce environmentally friendly policy.

And ample precedent exists for major policy change driven by the electorate.

For example, the US exit from Vietnam was implemented by Mr. Nixon as a result of growing anti-war sentiment among the young voters, over the objection of the "old guard".

More recently, the electoral success of the Reform Party in the early 1990s led to an odd alliance between Mr. Clinton and the new Republican majority in congress to balance the budget.

And the TEA Party has had a lot of success pushing the Republicans back toward fiscally restrained policies popular in the 1990s, while the gay rights movement has flipped even Mr. Obama into an ally.

While American politics lack the rough and tumble of many-party republics such as are popular in Europe, it's a mistake to assume the people lack influence over our government.

Don't mistake a general apathy for lack of power. We're one charismatic leader away from the next (peaceful) revolution.

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