Edward Snowden Shares Thought-Provoking Blog on the Threat of “Monoculture”

OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

Love him or hate him, we all must concede at least one thing about Edward Snowden: the guy’s no dummy. In fact, he can be– and often is– rather profound in his estimation of America, the government, and current events at large.

His recent blog is no exception. In a piece titled “Cultural Revolutions,” Snowden reflects on Chinese artist Ai Wei-Wei’s memoir 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows and draws some unexpected– even to him– parallels to the world we are looking in the eye today.

I shan’t quote the entirety of the blog here, because that’s what they call “plagiarism,” but allow me to tease you with a particularly illuminating paragraph:

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows is a memoir of a man attempting to understand his country, even as his country is trying, or purporting to try, to understand him—through surveillance and investigations, interrogations and detentions. It is also a reminder that, as during the (last) Cultural Revolution, the political battle with the highest stakes will always be waged against the imposition of a monoculture. Within a monoculture, there is tremendous pressure to participate in the enforcement of consensus as if it were truth, which alienates members from the possibility that truth can often stand in opposition to consensus.

Snowden’s insight into the public discourse we face is almost excruciating in its razor-sharp precision. Illustrative examples come to mind like rocks to the bottom of an avalanche: Kyle Rittenhouse. Vaccine mandates. The 2020 election. In all these cases and more, there is an Accepted Narrative, and there is the truth. The two have very little overlap.

I would share with you Snowden’s prescribed cure, but frankly, I think he says it better. Check it out for yourselves.

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