I wonder if this would have spread like it did if they removed the word government from the titles of the articles and from the articles themselves. I bet you that it wouldn't because in this anti-government world anything anti-government gets spread like wild fire.
Just my opinion.
Governments, many people forget, are our servants, not our masters. We entrust them with great powers; powers which will be, and have been, abused if not restrained by the vigilance of the people. History, back to the earliest nations and all the way up through today, is replete with oppressive and totalitarian governments. This dark catalog of human crime which we call history has rightly made those who study it wary and mistrusting of those who would seek to repeat it, even if only through their ignorance. The argument that 'those who have done nothing wrong have nothing to hide' ignores the existence of the intrinsic rights due to every human being: the personal sovereignty which no government may encroach upon without just cause; it sits in stark contrast to the reality which history reveals, a history of protecting the servant at the dire expense of the masters.
Apple, through its failure to act, has condoned and contributed to these sorts of abuses. They abandoned their duty to their customers, and worse their duty to do what is right. They have demonstrated that they are not to be trusted, and the negative press they receive is punishment for this.
Would this story be so widely disseminated if no governments were involved? Probably not. But the rapid spread of the story speaks not, I think, to the prevalence knee-jerk anti-government reactionaries but rather to the widely acknowledged significance of government involvement.
Edited by Andrew, 28 November 2011 - 02:55 AM.