What do we mean by the word “hero?” Is it not a person of extraordinary courage, putting the good of the country above his or her own safety? That’s Daniel Ellsberg, most famous for the Pentagon Papers which he released to the public in 1971, revealing the lies to government told us about their war in Vietnam. In this Keeping Democracy Alive discussion, author and friend of Ellsberg, Norman Solomon says that back then, and even more so today, the war machine sees the American people as their adversaries. Solomon argues government is legitimate when there is the informed consent of the governed. As we all know, today there are forces that are determined to keep us uninformed.

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