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View Diary: Julian Assange Says Being Anti-Choice Represents ‘Non-Violence.’ Non-Violent for Whom? (387 comments)

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  •  Let's clarify this. (21+ / 0-)

    I think this person - who I am not familiar with - is right:

    Listen to the interview: he did not endorse the anti-abortion position of Ron and Rand Paul.  He just sort of excused them.

    He said (starting at around 2:00) that he’s a big admirer of Ron Paul and Rand Paul; that they’ve been the strongest defenders of him and of Wikileaks; that they’ve been the strongest opponents of drone warfare and extrajudicial executions; that the Pauls present a consistent position of “non-violence, which is the American libertarian intellectual tradition.”  (He’s referring there, as I presume he knows, to “isolationism.”)

    Assange says that the putative commitment to non-violence leads the Pauls to positions such as “don’t go invade a foreign country”; “don’t force people, at the barrel of a gun, to serve in the U.S. Army” (which suggests that someone ought to tell him that the draft ended 40 years ago — and that now it’s the libertarian-inspired “poverty draft” that gets unwilling people to join the military); “don’t extort taxes from people to the federal government ” (here mentioning something difficult to hear about the police, which I couldn’t hear over the sound of my teeth grinding); — and then, at 3:24, what for many of his heretofore supporters would be the jaw-dropper:

    “… similarly, other aspects of non-violence in relation to abortion [that they hold]

    Some people have taken this as an endorsement of anti-abortion ideology.  It’s not quite that; it’s recognizing that the Pauls take this position and that that’s how they couch it.  He continues that he sees where this position “can come from the same underlying libertarian principles,” but that “the world is often more complex” and that “by taking a no doubt principled but simplistic position you sometimes end up undermining the principle.”

    I added the "that they hold," which that blogger should have, because Assange said it, and it's the point. He's trying to reconcile their idiot views with tehri better views. You can condemn him for that if you like, but it's very clear, especially with the "undermining" remark, that he does not support their anti-abortion position.

    Video. Start at about 3:20.

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