Defending Wikileaks: if its not perfect, dont do it.


I am not too sure if i should pay any attention to these dumb arguments. But since Andrew Sullivan find this criticism repeatable, i guess its worth the time to write a rebuttal.

The criticism:
“He hopes for a perfect market and believes that we can achieve perfection if we just have perfect information. He says, “To put it simply, in order for there to be a market, there has to be information. A perfect market requires perfect information.” In other words, if we can just make all information free and freely available, we can finally enjoy market perfection.

Naturally the Christian must disagree here. There can be no perfect market when markets are run by humans who are, at heart, entirely imperfect. There can be no market utopia this side of eternity. There can only be varying degrees of corruption. And what this means is that Assange’s entire philosophy is broken and impossible to achieve.” –

The rebuttal:
Wikileaks is not trying to achieve perfect information, no sane person will take on that goal, its as said impossible. The philosophy behind Wikileaks is the believe that powers (or as i like to call them “the establishment”) of the world are abusive, wikileaks wish to reform power by exposing information that the establishment want to keep secret. Perfect information is never their goal.
Furthermore, even if we assume that perfect information is a goal of Wikileaks. His imply argument in the second paragraph is still fallacious. Just because perfect information cannot be achieved does not mean that every bit of information about the abuse of power cannot help reduce abuses. The absurdity of that logic can easily be detected by adding any thing bad into the blank of the following sentence.

if we cant get rid of all _________, we should not try to get rid of even one?

For example:
if we cant get rid of all corrupt cops, we should not try to get rid of even one?
if we cant get rid of all toxic material, we should not try to get rid of even one?
if we cant get rid of all land mines, we should not try to get rid of even one?
if we cant get rid of all criminals, we should not try to get rid of even one?

See the absurdity?

There is another criticism of Wikileaks in that blog post it falls under the “slippery slope argument” which has been discussed here.

 

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