About 24 hours ago I posted some bait to see just how much I could chum the waters.
The first comment came in within an hour. While I’ve had only one additional comment, the article has registered 44 reads and my blog traffic jumped to 77 hits. I know those are tiny numbers. The point is that this is a blog that gets a total of about 20 hits on a good day. So that’s a big spike. And looking at the nice report I get here on WordPress I can see that this candidate’s name is being fed to technorati and other search engines as a search term very regularly.
That’s the message over at Eject! Eject! Eject! where Bill Whittle has posted another of his long essays. You Are Not Alone is broken into Part 1 and Part 2.
This is hard to sum up (which is why it’s so long), but he makes a fascinating connection between the Prisoner’s Dilemma, a concept from game theory, and the Greek/Biblical idea of the “Remnant”.
At the risk of spoiling his surprise, he is proposing “Ejectia” an on-line community which hopes to use the internet to perform an end-run around the end of Western civilization.
I still have a lot of reading to do (the real meat is in the comments). A couple of quick observations: I think his analysis leading up to the proposal is insightful. He may be on to something with the observation that the internet allows we, “the masses” to communicate with each other without the interference of the elite. I’m less enthused by his idea of everything in Ejectia being “free”. That smacks uncomfortably of “from each according to his abilities, and to each according to his needs”. It could be all the Adam Smith I’ve been reading lately, but I really don’t see how any self-sustaining community is going to succeed without a free market. Maybe I’m misreading his proposal, though. The links are here for you to see what you think, and for me to have handy.
This Ain’t Hell reports on the Rolling Thunder/Gathering of Eagles event in Washington today. Note how they are getting wall-to-wall coverage on the MSM.