[LINK] Vodafone: the dictator made us do it

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sun Feb 6 18:14:04 AEDT 2011

On 2011/Feb/06, at 3:34 PM, David Boxall wrote:

> On 4/02/2011 7:56 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> ...
>> Phone companies have to obey the law don't they? ...
> On 4/02/2011 9:50 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> ...
>> So you're saying that some laws are OK to obey and others aren't.
>> And you decide which is OK?
>> ...
> Both of which imply a preference for mindless obedience.
> On 6/02/2011 9:50 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> ...
>> I really doubt we're all that far apart on the issues.
>> ...
> I reckon we're poles apart on this issue.

You see, I don't think that what Vodafone did was particularly great but I simply don't think it compares with a non-democratic government which uses torture systemically and which our government and us support.  I think we are more culpable than Vodafone.  There is no pressure on us to do what the Egyptian government says or to go along with it, yet we do.  It's always easier to see the mote in other people's eyes than the beam in our own. 

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