When I say republicanism, I’m talking about:
“Republicanism is extremely complex (small r), and does not mean the Republican Party. As an ideology, republicanism enforces non-domination by the government upon the people and also non-domination by the people upon other people and in the government. Republican societies, in theory, showcase high levels of citizen equity (rapacious capitalism is banned), and the salient governance structures are bottom-up—they are local. In fact, deliberative participation is key—not just voting. Robust republicanism would look like Ostrom’s Governing the Commons in action everywhere. No big government needed—no privatization necessary” (old post).
I contend that if you are more of a republican than a liberal or authoritarian (most political scientists think that most Americans are liberals (i.e. Hartz)), then you will eagerly sign the “Pardon Edward Snowden” petition. Basically, republicanism requires many habitual patterns of behavior to efficiently work, and full governmental transparency is fundamental. So is citizen participation to inform fellow Americans about his or her job, which usually solves a collective action problem. You see, the secret NSA program was a crime against republicanism. Edward Snowden is just your average republican…. getting America out from crimes against republicanism. Edward Snowden, to a republican, did not commit any crime.
Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.