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Re: OFFSHORE DIGITAL BANKS
Responding to msg by [email protected] (Timothy C. May) on Wed,
31 Aug 4:8 PM
>I'm not sure what John wants me to expand on here.
>Others have noted the same sorts of things. Here are
>some random, brief points:
[Elision of US foreign interventions]
>Is this enough of an expansion?
As a newcomer to this list I'm interested your views, and those
of others, on how crypto and related topics may be used in
responding to US interventions abroad and their domestic
consequences. Blending these views into discussions on other
matters is just fine; I'll continue to pick out the parts that
catch my eye.
Much list discussion seems to focus on internal affairs of the
US with periodic comments from those members outside. My sense
is that our laments about internal abuses of the USG will not
be answered until we address the external policies that are
used to justify these abuses.
Since so much of the power of the USG derives from "national
security" responsibilities -- diplomacy, military, intelligence
-- and because these have repeatedly been used to justify
invasive policies, both domestic and foreign, I wish to learn
more on what might be done through c'punks' activities to
ventilate the secrecy cloak that shields such affairs from the
Most of my recent posts have tried to raise queries along these
lines whether about crypto anarchy, digicash or varieties of
This follows my query a while back about how c'punks think US
scientists and their technology may be redirected away from
national security affairs, where the best and brightest have
thrived in the last two generations, toward the needs of civil
society, in the US and abroad.
So you won't think this is an idle interest, I'll mention that
I've been pursuing these topics, with others, for some 27 years
in the NYC area in a public planning and development context,
as we have waited for the Cold War squandering of surplus
wealth to end so that more of these resources might go toward
dealing with civil shortcomings, especially through
Sorry for soapboxing, but this is from a long-time worker among
NYC's richest and poorest wondering how long these worlds can
be kept apart by the fictions of "national interests".