Cypherpunks have got themselves into a uk communist party style tizzy – destined to create the usual “final schism” that befalls all false religions founded on inconsistent (and self serving) doctrine.
For at least the last 5 years (if not since 9/11), cypherpunks have lived with self denial: the desire to perpetuate the myth that anarchy won in full knowledge that it didn’t, actually.
Today we know now that ssl, ipsec or skype was/is compromised not by the (figuratively evil) us federal govt – that easy to target amorphous evil (whose evilness magnitude is a function of size) – but by corporate vendors – out to make a buck…while employing and thus feeding one or two folk and their dependents. Of course the very nature of governance means that corporate profit is a function of general compliance with public or secret policy – that stated explicitly, “or otherwise”. Such is a nature of democratic politics (hardly ideal , even in its academic form).
Is cypherpunks dead …like the corpse of the (academic relic of the) uk communist party I happened to encounter in my first job (at qmc-cs)?
It certainly seems so – from the dynamics of the end game.
Good riddance (though I’ll miss it, not that I read the endless drivel beyond, as with marks first pamphlet, the founding prophecy)