Cypherpunk sexistential tizzy

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)



Computer Programmer who often does network administration with focus on security servers. Very strong in Microsoft Azure cloud!
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