Bradley Manning and the Two Americas

If you see America as a place within borders, a bureaucratic and imperial government that acts on behalf of its 350 million people, if you see America as its edifices, its mandarins, the careful and massive institutions that have built our cities and vast physical culture, the harsh treatment of Manning for defying that institution makes sense, even if it was, at times, brutal. via Bradley Manning and the Two Americas — Medium, Long — Medium.

This Quinn Norton piece on the Bradley Manning trial and what it reflects of the state of America today is a rare attempt to explain the opposing sides of the culture war to one another.