[FoRK] Ugh. "Don't Feed The Terrorists!"

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Mon Mar 15 09:52:12 PST 2004

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> On Mar 15, 2004, at 8:40 AM, Ian Andrew Bell wrote:
> > I've coined the phrase "Iso-American Imperialism" here:
> >
> > 	http://www.geekmail.cc/foib-archives/2002-October/002712.html
> >
> > ...most of what I said there, I believe, is bearing out to be true.  
> > But while the Religious Right is supporting Iso-American Imperialism, 
> > it has added its own layer of context in hoping aloud for another 
> > Crusade.
> +1.
> I also think there's another, darker factor at work here.
> When approaching the end of a finite iterated series of PD, the 
> incentives for defection increase.  Indeed, if you can know which round 
> will be the last, defection is almost always (in most PD payoff 
> matrices) the best move.  But you almost never know...
> Scaling this up to the real world, you almost never know --- *UNLESS* 
> you are a wacky apocalyptic / eschatological fundamentalist Christian 
> and you think we're in the "End Days" already, and believe that 
> hastening the storyline is a good thing.  I think it's pretty clear 
> that there is some serious religious lunacy in and around the White 
> House and Cabinet and it would be a mistake to discount the influence 
> this kind of thinking might have on various decisions.
> Indeed, the far fringe element might be gradually maneuvering for that 
> battle of Megiddo...

For yucks --


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