The Protracted Martyrdoms of Julian Assange And Ross Ulbricht

Both Julian Assange and Ross Ulbricht have been condemned to frightening prisons: Assange for daring to expose the truth and Ulbricht for daring to build a free market. Legal vocabulary just clouds the issue; they’re in prison for truth and markets… and for acting on their own will.

Those of us who’ve paid attention know that “the law,” as applied to both men, was driven by the necessities of power: Assange was setup and the legal processes used against him were rigged. Ulbricht’s trial was manipulated and his sentence was based upon charges that were never tried.

These men, then, are martyrs… our martyrs.

Their martyrdoms, however, service power in a strange way.

Learned Pessimism

There is a profound psychological effect called Learned Pessimism. Put briefly, this is what happens to people when they are repeatedly unable to affect outcomes. It leads to apathy and depression.

In other words, once people see that nothing they do affects their results, they slump down into apathy: They lose faith in their own will.

Ulbricht and Assange, then, are props in a drama that teaches us to distrust our wills… to secure our mute compliance. Their protracted martyrdoms are far better for this than quick martyrdoms, and so we see that the drama is directed at us.

What Power Fears

From this drama, we see two specific things that threaten power: Cryptography and active will. Power fears this combination, which both our martyrs embraced.

So, please keep this in mind. And please do whatever you can, small or large, for Ross and Julian.


Paul Rosenberg

One thought on “The Protracted Martyrdoms of Julian Assange And Ross Ulbricht”

  1. I appreciate this note, as I have been actively working for the release from state-enforced captivity for years. These cases are the two worst that the US could have picked to try. And due to the way federal criminal trials are done, they didn’t have any chance of prevailing against the most destructive actions of the most destructive state upon the planet.

    One was put in prison for operating a business. And every action against that business was conducted under the scheme of entrapment.

    The other was not a US Citizen, who is being frog-marched toward death for revealing the corruption of a group of deep state criminals, while operating under the full freedoms that the US government guarantees all (not just its citizens).

    If there were criminals attached to these actions, they should be imprisoned. And those criminals operated under the protection of government. These include such scum as Hillarious Clinton and Barack 0bama.

    May those two rot in jail forever.

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