Cato Unbound

The new issue of Cato Unbound is out:

In the January issue of Cato Unbound--the Cato Institute’s new monthly web magazine--virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier kicks off a heady discussion of the Internet as an engine of liberation with a way-out-of-the-box essay, "The Gory Antigora: Illusions of Capitalism and Computers." Lanier describes how the "brittleness" of software and semi-closed "antigoras" have kept the Internet from realizing its potential as "a cross between Adam Smith and Albert Einstein; the Invisible Hand accelerating toward the speed of light."

In Wednesday's installment, open source software guru Eric S. Raymond replied with a crisp list of objections to Lanier. And stay tuned, because that's just the beginning! Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds will offer his thoughts on how the Internet empowers ordinary citizens on Friday. Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow (the "Thomas Jefferson of the Internet") will jump into the fray on Monday, followed by visionary Yale computer scientist David Gelernter on Wednesday.

I printed out the title article and hope to have something useful to say after I read it.

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The internet empowers people

The internet empowers people to... what, bitch and complain when government exercises it's power? Somehow I'm underwhelmed.

I'm waiting until the town

I'm waiting until the town crier comes by to describe it to me.

I had a very hard time

I had a very hard time understanding the lead essay.

Steve- You and me both. I


You and me both. I neither got the point nor the main contention, though from the responses I've sussed out what he was supposed to be saying... mostly.

Brian, Did you figure out


Did you figure out enough to explain to me what an antigora is? I'd love to know. Also, are they good or bad and why?

Steven, Catallarchy would


Catallarchy would count as an antigora, if I read him correctly. Privately owned and managed and definitely our writing privs' are not open to the public (ala a wiki). Jaron seems to think they are bad, but I like it here.