Don’t give up hope

This cheered me up. Not that I’m Wiccan, of course. But Spinoza would approve.

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Warfare 2.0.

Fascinating blog. The Iraqi insurgency explained in the vocabulary of open source software development. Interesting looking book, too, the first chapter of which we can read here.

Deadly terrorist nerds are no joke, clearly. If the success of the insurgency in Iraq sets off a chain of copycat open source terrorist campaigns, we are all in trouble. But are the conditions in Iraq easily replicable elsewhere? Also, I don’t think we have to worry about nanobots yet. God knows I’ve tried to find decent nanotech stocks to buy, with zero success.

I wonder what the defence against this is, if it does take hold. Probably only the ability of the uniting ideas of the regime to maintain loyalty among the population. I guess that would be where Spinoza comes in.

More Parris

Matthew Parris, again, is clearly paying attention.

They are the very devil, these people, they could wreck our world, and their central belief in God’s plan has to be confronted. Confronted with passion. Confronted because, and on the ground that, it is not true.