The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
Following on the heels of Heartbleed and McCutcheon v. FEC, we are reminded once again of the dangerous ease with which the rhetoric of equal opportunity can be used to back reactionary movements. No individual consumer, or even a collective, can bring to bear the same resources the NSA can to ferret out bugs and security vulnerabilities; even given equal opportunity to fund campaigns, the poor cannot offer the same support as the rich; charter schools may be open to all families but only a true possibility for some, and so on and so on.
This is not to say that all egalitarian efforts are doomed to fail, but that in the absence of active effort to create equality, efforts to preserve equality are doomed to reinforce existing class structures. If we really want to build a better world, we must seek a revolutionary reform. We should strive to embed the principles of revolution in the very bedrock of our institutions. Reform without revolutionary principles fights only symptoms, and revolution without institutions is so easily co-opted.
oh also eat the rich etc. etc. you know the drill