1997-06-02 - Re: Rotenberg as the Uber Enemy

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From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
To: cypherpunks@algebra.com
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From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 1997 21:20:08 +0800
To: cypherpunks@algebra.com
Subject: Re: Rotenberg as the Uber Enemy
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At 11:47 pm -0400 on 6/1/97, Declan McCullagh wrote:

> until Marc started yelling about libertarians being "Pod People," or at
> least possessing similar critical thinking skills. :)

Same as it ever was.

It's a common rhetorical device used by totalitarian fellow-travellers
everywhere. Call something its opposite and destroy its objective meaning
in the process.

Orwell's "Freedom is Slavery" line is the best example I can think of.

Bob Hettinga

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