Herberts Shouldn’t Wear Tie-Dye

clothinghippies The term “Herbert” referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat. Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings. Being old enough to remember how things were “back in the day,” I’m always half insulted to see very fine establishment types – people whose livelihoods rest on uncritical obedience – trying to align themselves with nonconformists they would have hurried away from back in that day. Obedience …

What Julian Assange Is Really Doing

JulianAssange Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks – that they publish secret information – but they don’t know the why. And that’s a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating. It Usually Starts with the Cypherpunks The first thing to understand is that WikiLeaks, like Bitcoin, came from the cypherpunks. In particular, WikiLeaks was spawned by a cypherpunk group that …

The Dangers of Telling the Truth: Snowden, Assange, and Manning

telling the truth One of them has been tortured; another is surrounded by armed men and trapped; and the third is hiding ten thousand miles away, in fear of his life. And what were their crimes? Telling the truth. Talk about a sick commentary on the modern world. For those who didn’t know, Ed Snowden is the young man who released evidence of the US government purposely trashing the Constitution that they swore …