“Snowden and the Future” by Eben Moglen

From late Octo­ber to ear­ly Decem­ber 2013, Colum­bia law pro­fes­sor Eben Moglen deliv­ered a series of four lec­tures on the sig­nif­i­cance of Edward Snowden’s dis­clo­sures about the N.S.A.‘s until-then secret spy­ing pro­grams.

Moglen is the founder of the Soft­ware Free­dom Law Cen­ter and has been Richard Stallman’s attor­ney for twen­ty or more years. He rec­og­nizes that Edward Snow­den is a clas­sic patri­ot and hero whose sac­ri­fice demands that we act.

You’d think we’d be hear­ing this mes­sage from many sources by now, but we’re not. In fact, the con­dem­na­tions of Snow­den are out­weigh­ing the cel­e­bra­tions of him, part­ly because the mass media are so will­ing to col­lab­o­rate with the grow­ing total­i­tar­i­an­ism in the Unit­ed States. So I think it’s par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to hear what Moglen is say­ing in these lec­tures. Lis­ten and spread it around.

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