Brian Holmes on Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:04:30 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> "Speak Out with Snowden, Assange and Manning"

On 09/16/2015 12:41 PM, wrote:

The sculpture seems to beg the question of "standing up" as an endeavor
in itself. As is rightly pointed out, these figures are now, by and
large, unable to "stick their heads out." Their chairs are inaccessible
(or, at best, they may kneel on them).

Well, let's see, one of the three has qualified freedom of movement in Russia, continues to make discrete and powerful interventions through a variety of media, has changed millions of lives with his revelations and his example, and seems to have done more to politicize sys admins than anyone ever. Another of the three publishes a constant stream of analysis from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and has just penned the preface to the long-awaited scholarly book that assesses the immensely detailed complex of leaks known (in the title of said book) as "The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire." The third of the three, who leaked said leaks, maintains a much more personal kind of resistance in the worst kind of prison cell imaginable and that resistance matters a lot to a lot of people, yours truly included. Doesn't seem to be a lot of kneeling going on. I guess some people can't stand to have heroes and I'm not one of them. These folks are courageous, they're effective, they acted for all of us, and if it's not possible to build such people a monument then you may as well forget politics. Sometimes, the ability to look up is a virtue.

admiringly, Brian

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