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  1. I think a meaningful alliance with the techie-left is most possible. This would include the warez culture, hackers, pirates, programmers and other anti-authoritarian geeks found at CDC, Black Hat World, 2600, or the Def Con Convention. We agree with them on almost every major cyber issue on the table (censorship, internet regulation, the intellectual property rights system). Censorship looks to be the gateway issue. But most importantly these groups are counter-economically inclined and extremely hostile to the system. They’re not a bunch of potatoes, like most American lefties.. Just look at what’s been going on with Anonymous lately.

  2. It was pointed out to me a while back (I forget by who) that one of the gaps in my own thinking is that I really don’t address the question of the role of cyber-technology in the future of politics. But what you’re describing makes perfect sense.

  3. What I found most interesting about the Long paper is that this is the first time I’ve ever encountered a hard leftist who even recognizes the existence of an “aristocratic Left,” i.e. a class of affluent, upper middle to upper class people with a liberal social outlook and totalitarian political values. This is the same Left I’m always railing against in my attacks on the totalitarian humanists, New Class, rising upper middle, etc. Like myself, Long distinguishes between this Left and the more lumpen “outside the system” Left. The big difference between my approach and Long’s is that I also recognize PC as a manifestation of this same aristocratic Left as a part of the legitimating ideology of the state apparatus with which it is aligned.

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