I found it odd that so many older nerds seem to hate Assange and the whole Wikileaks idea. You would expect that those who understand what he is doing, and the ‘why’, would be more sympathetic to someone who in many ways is similar to them.
So why hate or disparage that guy?
1] The guy seems to have a way with women, unlike most nerds. Remember that he got a 17 year preggo when he was 19. He seems to have little difficulty getting women more than a decade younger than him.
2] The guy is living the kind of life nerds dream about. He has an influence and notoriety most nerds ‘know’ they can never achieve.
3] But most of all, they like the matrix.
Morpheus: The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
What do you think?
I will write more about this concept based on responses, so here is the concept.
“Law enforcement, as it currently exists, lacks social utility”
In fact, organized law enforcement has ALWAYS lacked social utility. But before we go any further, let me define social utility.
Social utility is a service, or characteristic, that benefits the majority of any given society.
So a service which benefits only 5% or even 20% percent of a society at the cost of the other 95% or 80% is not a social utility.
Who does law enforcement go after?
It goes after small time racketeers, thieves, murderers and sociopaths. It goes after people who look unconventional. It goes after people who lack expensive legal representation or powerful friends.
It does not go after people who embezzle millions, billions or trillions. It does not go after people who gamble on the prices of essentials with other peoples money. It does not go after wealth management experts who destroy the lifetime savings of people. It does not go after people who imprison people on trumped up charges (which is actually one of their jobs). It does not go after mass murderers in uniform (once again.. job description).
It does not go after sociopaths who destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, just to get a bigger bonus (MBAs). It does not go after people who create and interpret laws so that the rich can screw over everyone else (corporate lawyers). It does not go after physicians who have the god complex but are incompetent morons who profit from dying people.
Many worthless and subhuman old people (baby boomers included) believe that the “younger generation” would rather play video games and slack off rather than be part of a ‘movement for change’.
If you look at human history, the best way to destroy a system is to abandon it, ignore its pleas for help and let it die.
The most lasting changes come about from leaderless movements, in which enough people leave the old system. In previous eras, the rate and success of leaderless movements was hindered by low literacy and speed/ease/bandwidth of information spread and access.
Today that is no longer an issue.
It certainly helps that there are fewer ‘extra’ young idiots who can be played against each other. Moreover, the effects of technology on deflating the costs of and access to essential goods and services opens many new opportunities to ignore the current system.
Starving the system of enough active enthusiastic participants to replace or supplement the older morons will destroy with a thoroughness and permanency that even wars cannot achieve.
The next great revolution will be less about pitchforks, guns or guillotines and more about people silently abandoning the old ways, and finding new ones. Think of it as an alternative connectivity pattern.
It is already happening all around you..