[cryptography] crypto & security/privacy balance (Re: Digital cash in the news...)

Nico Williams nico at cryptonector.com
Wed Jun 15 14:46:34 EDT 2011

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM, StealthMonger
<StealthMonger at nym.mixmin.net> wrote:
> Some folks do not choose to have a state.  For them, all states are
> foreign powers.

That's nice, but not scalable.  Scale that up enough and you have
anarchy, which is just a temporary situation until a strongman takes
over.  And even for a few individuals it's a problem.  How do you make
a living?  Even if you're independently wealthy, where do you get your
supplies?  What are you doing online?  How will you get online in a
world where most people necessarily live in states, thus your access
to _them_ depends on those states.  Push comes to shove you could live
as a hermit, armed to the teeth to defend yourself from those foreign

You're not convincing me that crypto is the answer.  It's part of the
answer, sure, but not _the_ answer.

Even though this is about crypto, it's still OT.  Have the last word,


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